X-37B Update: Space Plane Spotted Again in Orbit

by Nancy Atkinson on October 14, 2010

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X37-B spaceplane captured in orbit in May 2010 by UT reader Brent 'Bozo.'

Here’s an update on the US Air Force’s secret X-37B space plane, which went missing last week — at least for us Earth-bound satellite watchers (surely the Air Force knows exactly where it is!). Spaceweather.com reports that the plane has been spotted again by a skywatcher from South Africa, Greg Roberts on October 12. Spaceweather says, “An analysis of the sighting by satellite expert Ted Molczan suggests that the X-37B has maneuvered into an orbit 54 km lower than before.” This is at least the second time the space plane’s orbit has changed, but at least we now know it is still in orbit and hasn’t landed.

If you want to try and see the X-37B yourself, visit the Heaven’s Above website, and Spaceweather also has a way to track the plane, too.

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Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also is the host of the NASA Lunar Science Institute podcast and works with Astronomy Cast. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

IVAN3MAN_AT_LARGE October 14, 2010 at 12:09 PM

The Men in Black will be paying Mr. G. Roberts of South Africa a visit, soon. ;-)

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