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Space Shuttle Endeavour Does A 'Backflip' To Dock With ISS (VIDEO)

Space Shuttle Endeavour Backflip Video

First Posted: 05/18/11 10:43 AM ET Updated: 07/18/11 06:12 AM ET

The space shuttle Endeavour, which blasted off on Monday for its final mission, docked with the International Space Station on Wednesday.

NASA has released a video of the Endeavour performing the "rendez pitch maneuver" (which NASA dubs a "backflip") as it arrived at the ISS for the last time.

As the AP noted, the shuttle is carrying, "the most expensive payload ever carried by a shuttle, a $2 billion magnetic device that scientists hope will unravel the mysteries of the cosmos." The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer will be attached to the ISS on Thursday.

See the video below, then check out photos of Endeavour's blastoff here.

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Filed by Bianca Bosker  |