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Air Force's X-37B Historical Landing Advances Space Vehicle Technologies

Published: December 8, 2010.
By U.S. Air Force
http://www.af.mil

After 244 days in space since its launch April 22 from Cape Canaveral, Fla., the X-37B orbital test vehicle landing marks the Air Force's latest step in experimental test missions to improve the service's space capabilities, officials said here Dec. 6.


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