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The U.S. Air Force's X-37B unmanned spacecraft returned to Earth this morning after spending more than seven months in orbit on a classified mission.

X-37B unmanned spacecraft returns to Earth

artist's conception of the X-37 from 1999 (credit: NASA)

Artist's conception of the X-37 from 1999 (credit: NASA)

The U.S. Air Force’s X-37B unmanned spacecraft returned to Earth this morning after spending more than seven months in orbit on a classified mission.

The autonomous Boeing-built X-37B landed at 1:16 AM PST at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. This craft, also known as the Orbital Test Vehicle, was originally a NASA project before being taken over by the U.S. military. Little information is known about the classified seven month mission, other than basic mission objectives released by officials—testing of guidance, navigation, control, thermal protection and autonomous operation in orbit, re-entry and landing.

The X-37B is expected to return to space next year.

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One comment

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    Why is this suddenly BIG news? They have known this for a long time! And was it the local TV news that inserted all the alien images, and saucer images, or was that from higher up the chain?

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