A Space Shuttle Somersault

Posted by Michael Pinto on Feb 10, 2010 in Science |

space shuttle EndeavourThe shuttle looks like an aircraft and lands like one, yet we tend to forget that it’s a real spaceship — and flying a spaceship doesn’t look like an X-wing jetting into to the Death Star. And that’s what I love about this recent video footage from the current shuttle mission which shows the Endeavour performing a rendezvous pitch maneuver so that the crew members aboard the ISS can photograph the orbiter for any signs of damage it may have incurred during liftoff. By the way if you missed the launch of Expedition 23 here are some highlights of the dramatic night launch:

By the way you should take a good look at the shuttle this year — only a handful of missions are left, at which point the spacecraft will be retired. There are missions planned for March, May, July and the last flight in September.

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