Secret U.S. space plane prepares to land

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  1. W.G.Ewald

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    Secret U.S. space plane prepares to land - UPI.com

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    Mystery Mini Space Shuttle X-37B
    The Air Force's X-37B, is an unmanned reusable spacecraft built by Boeing that has spent more than a year on a classified mission in space. It landed early Saturday, June 16, morning at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California after weather conditions kept pushing back landing attempts the last few days.
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    The U.S. military's unmanned X-37B robotic space shuttle lands after returning from orbit, from a secretive 15-month test flight, in California in this still image taken from infrared video shot on June 16, 2012. The miniature space plane, also known as Orbital Test Vehicle-2, or OTV-2, touched down at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base, 130 miles (209 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles. The X-37B due to fly this fall is the vehicle that inaugurated the program in 2010. REUTERS/30th Space Wing Public Affairs/Handout
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    The Boeing-built X-37B, the U.S. military's unmanned robotic space shuttle, is shown in this handout photo at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California June 16, 2012, after completing a secretive 15-month test flight. The miniature space plane, also known as Orbital Test Vehicle-2, or OTV-2, was only the second U.S. vehicle to make an autonomous runway landing from space. REUTERS/Boeing/Handout.
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    The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle waits in the encapsulation cell of the Evolved Expendable Launch vehicle at the Astrotech facility in Titusville, Florida in this April 5, 2010 handout photo provided by the U.S. Air Force. The unmanned miniature space shuttle owned and operated by the U.S. military is due back to Earth as early as today after 15 months in orbit. What the X-37B has been doing is classified, as is the exact day and time of touchdown. Landing will be at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, with Edwards Air Force Base serving as backup. REUTERS/U.S. Air Force/Handout
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    This is really amazing.... two years on the orbit and returning safely? Sounds like pure Sci-Fi... Then again it is nowadays difficult to separate facts from fiction.
     
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    Shouldn't this thing be super hot, why does it look so cool on the Infrared ?
     
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    Wheels down on the runway and we don't know how long sitting there. Nose is still a hotspot.
     
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    Yeah but the caption says: "X-37B robotic space shuttle lands"...."in this still image taken from infrared video".
    So I figured it is landing in the picture.
    Maybe the caption is wrong, or maybe at such high temps Newton's Law of cooling lowers the temp really quickly. But still :hmm:
     

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