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Top-secret space plane lands on California coast

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Top-secret space plane lands on California coast

Associated Press

This June 16, 2012 file image from video made available by the Vandenberg Air Force Base shows an infrared view of the X-37B unmanned spacecraft landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base.  The purpose of the U.S. military's space plane is classified, only fueling speculation about why it has been orbiting Earth for nearly two years on this, its third mission. The plane is expected to land this week at a Southern California Air Force base.(AP Photo/Vandenberg Air Force Base, File)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A top-secret space plane landed Friday at an Air Force base on the Southern California coast.

The plane spent nearly two years circling Earth on a classified mission. Known as the X-37B, it resembles a mini space shuttle.

It safely touched down at 9:24 a.m. Friday, officials at Vandenberg Air Force Base said.

Just what the plane was doing during its 674 days in orbit has been the subject of sometimes spectacular speculation.

Several experts have theorized it carried a payload of spy gear in its cargo bay. Other theories sound straight out of a James Bond film, including that the spacecraft would be able to capture the satellites of other nations or shadow China’s space lab.

In a written release announcing the return of the craft, the Air Force only said it had been conducting “on-orbit experiments.”

The X-37B program has been an orphan of sorts, bouncing since its inception in 1999 between several federal agencies, NASA among them. It now resides under the Air Force’s Rapid Capabilities Office.

The plane that landed Friday is one of two built by Boeing. This is the program’s third mission, and began in December 2012.

The plane stands 9 1/2 feet tall and is just over 29 feet long, with a wingspan under 15 feet. It weighs 11,000 pounds and has solar panels that unfurl to charge its batteries once in orbit.

The Air Force said it plans to launch the fourth X-37B mission from Cape Canaveral, Florida, next year.

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Winter Forecast for US Nothing to Shiver About

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Winter Forecast for US Nothing to Shiver About

 

Earth’s Magnetic Field Could Flip in Our Lifetime

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Earth’s Magnetic Field Could Flip in Our Lifetime

 

Infographic: Earth’s Atmosphere Top to Bottom

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Infographic: Earth’s Atmosphere Top to Bottom

The air you breathe is precious, and the farther from Earth’s surface you go, the less there is. But Earth’s atmosphere extends farther into space than you might realize, affecting the orbits of spacecraft more than 200 miles high. OurAmazingPlanet looks at what’s in the atmosphere, from wayout there, to up where the clouds hang out, to right down here [See Also:Earth from the Tallest Mountain to the Deepest Ocean Trench].

Bugs Love the Way You Sweat (Infographic)

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Bugs Love the Way You Sweat (Infographic)

 

Diagram of the Human Urinary System (Infographic)

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Diagram of the Human Urinary System (Infographic)

 

Urinary System: Facts, Functions & Diseases

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Urinary System: Facts, Functions & Diseases