STS-135: Final Voyage – Atlantis’ Final Rollover
NASA – Shuttle Atlantis makes its final planned move from Orbiter Processing Facility-1 to the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The move, called “rollover,” is a major milestone in processing for the STS-135 mission to the International Space Station, targeted for early July. Inside the VAB, the shuttle will be attached to its external fuel tank and solid rocket boosters.
Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley and Mission Specialists Sandra Magnus and Rex Walheim were on hand for the move. Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller
STS-134: Endeavour’s Rendezvous Pitch Maneuver
NASA – At 5:15 a.m. EDT today (5/18/11), Endeavour began the nine-minute Rendezvous Pitch Maneuver, or ‘backflip,’ on its last visit to the Inernational Space Station. With Commander Mark Kelly at the controls, Endeavour rotated 360 degrees backward to enable space station astronauts Dmitry Kondratyev, Paolo Nespoli and Cady Coleman to take high resolution pictures of the shuttle’s heat shield.
Kelly then flew the shuttle through a quarter circle to a position about 400 feet directly in front of the station. Docking occurred about an hour later at 6:14 a.m. Image Credit: NASA