Friday, December 03, 2010

X-37B Robot Space Plane Returns After 220 Days in Orbit On Secret Mission; Air Force Denies That Ship is a Weapon

U.S. Air Force's X-37B in Space
          

     
By Tariq Malik
www.msnbc.msn.com
12-3-10

     After seven months in space, the U.S. Air Force's secretive X-37B unmanned space plane returned to Earth today to wrap up a debut flight shrouded in secrecy.

The robotic X-37B space plane landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California to end its maiden voyage. The space plane, also known as Orbital Test Vehicle 1, glided back to Earth over the Pacific Ocean before landing at the revamped Vandenberg runway at about 1:16 a.m. PST (0916 GMT) Dec. 3.

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