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Subject: What is meant by the term gimbal lock?

Date: Mon Jun 1 00:01:14 1998
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I was recently watching the movie Apollo 13 and noticed that the 
astronauts were frequently complaining of going into "gimbal lock".  
What does that mean exactly?  I assume it has something to do with 
tumbling out of control in all three planes or a state in which the 
gyroscopes fail to stabilize the spacecraft.  Any illumination on the 
subject would be appreciated.

George Fogg

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