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STS-133 Flight Day 3 Highlights - STS-133 Rendezvous Pitch Maneuver, Docking & Hatch Opening

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Space Shuttle Discovery performs an approximate eight-minute back flip called the Rendezvous Pitch Maneuver, also known as the R-bar Pitch Maneuver. The ISS Station crew photographs Discovery's upper and lower surfaces through windows of the Zvezda Service Module inspecting the shuttle's outer surface for possible damage. Afterwards, space shuttle Discovery docks to the Pressurized Mating Adapter 2 at the forward end of the Harmony node on the International Space Station. Later the STS-133 crew is greeted and welcomed aboard the complex by members of Expedition 26.
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Discovery performs the Rendezvous Pitch Maneuver before docking to the International Space Station during the STS-131 mission.
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At 1:15 p.m. EST Saturday, space shuttle Discovery began the nine-minute Rendezvous Pitch Maneuver, or "backflip." With Commander Steve Lindsey at the helm, Discovery rotated 360 degrees backward to enable space station astronauts to take high resolution pictures of the shuttle's heat shield. Lindsey then flew the shuttle through a quarter circle to a position about 310 feet directly in front of the station, allowing the station to catch up with it for docking at 2:16 p.m.
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Space Shuttle Discovery performs an approximate eight-minute back flip called the Rendezvous Pitch Maneuver, also known as the R-bar Pitch Maneuver. The ISS Station crew photographs Discovery's upper and lower surfaces through windows of the Zvezda Service Module inspecting the shuttle's outer surface for possible damage.
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A video recap of flight day 3 of the STS-133 mission of space shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station.
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On July 10, 2011, space shuttle Atlantis performed the nine-minute Rendezvous Pitch Maneuver, or "backflip." With Commander Chris Ferguson at the helm, Atlantis rotated 360 degrees backward to enable space station crew members to take high resolution digital pictures of the shuttle's heat shield.
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On May 18, 2011, space shuttle Endeavour performed the Rendezvous Pitch Maneuver, or "backflip." With Commander Mark Kelly at the helm, Endeavour rotated 360 degrees backward to enable International Space Station astronauts to take high resolution pictures of the shuttle's heat shield.