Space shuttle Atlantis performs a Roll Pitch Maneuver, or back flip (sped up here), as it arrives at the International Space Station so the station’s crew can video the orbiter’s underside. The view will help the STS-132 mission team in Houston assess the status of Atlantis’ protective tiles and whether the orbiter is ready to make a safe return to Earth.
Atlantis “Flips” for Safety Check
Managers Say STS-132 Ready for First Spacewalk
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