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X-37B Space Plane Returns as USAF Collects Data for Possible Replacement

The Air Force?s secretive X-37B space plane landed at NASA?s Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility in Florida on Oct. 27, after spending a record-breaking 780 days on orbit. The Orbital Test Vehicle, a reusable and unmanned spacecraft, was completing its fifth mission.

?Each successive mission advances our nation?s space capabilities,? Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett said in an Oct. 27 press release. 

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