Shuttle Atlantis Performs 360 Pitch Maneuver (Backflip)

Piloted by Space Shuttle commander Chris Ferguson, Atlantis moves through a 360-degree rotation directly beneath the International Space Station. This rotation, known as the RBAR Pitch Maneuver (RPM), enables the occupants of the ISS to photograph Atlantis’ Thermal Protection System for engineers on the ground to check for any damage to the heat resistant tiles.


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