Space Shuttle Endeavour “Flips” Before Joining ISS

On the 30 May 2020 the first crewed SpaceX Crew Dragon launched into orbit on top of a Falcon 9 rocket, successfully docking with the International Space Station (ISS) the following day.

The astronauts Bob Behnken and Col. Doug Hurley decided to name their spacecraft the Endeavour, after the Space Shuttle of the same name. This got me thinking about the original Space Shuttle Endeavour.

Here is a beautiful clip of the Space Shuttle Endeavour as it joins up in orbit with the International Space Station (3x normal speed). Endeavour performs a Rendezvous Pitch Maneuver, a complete end-over-end flip, so Expedition 23 crew members aboard the ISS can photograph the orbiter for any signs of damage it may have incurred during liftoff.

Video: NASA
Music: Youth by @iksonmusic

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