Gallery: X-37B Space Plane Returns to Earth

by Nancy Atkinson on December 3, 2010

The X-37B after landing. Credit: 30th Space Wing (Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

The secret military space plane has returned home, and while the mission was classified, the Air Force and Boeing have supplied pictures of the craft after landing. With this mission appearing to be a success, the Air Force is preparing to launch the next X-37B, OTV-2, in Spring 2011 aboard an Atlas V booster.

See more images below.

X-37B is shown here after landing at 1:16 a.m. Pacific time today, concluding its more than 220-day experimental test mission. Credit: Boeing

The X-37B after landing. Credit: 30th Space Wing (Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

X-37B on the runway at Vandenburg Air Force Base. Credit: Boeing.

X-37B after landing. Credit: 30th Wing, Vandenberg Air Force Base.

X-37B is shown here after landing at 1:16 a.m. Pacific time today, concluding its more than 220-day experimental test mission. Credit: Boeing

X-37B Landing by 30th Space Wing (Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.)

Here’s a video which includes the landing (which we showed on our previous article) plus post landing activities.

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Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also works with Astronomy Cast, and is a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

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