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MYSTERY MINI SPACE SHUTTLE LANDING DELAYED - It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a mysterious unmanned mini-space shuttle on a classified mission. But it won't be landing today. The Air Force has delayed landing for the X-37B, an unmanned aircraft built by Boeing that has spent more than a year on a classified mission in space. Weather conditions were not favorable for the landing today. Officials said the craft could land Saturday. A landing window for the X-37b lasts through June 18.
Originally posted by darpa999
Now its either the media if giving us false info, or the tracking system data is really really off.
Sometime very soon, China will be launching three Taikonauts to their new space station, making them only the third country ever to accomplish such a feat. The station, Tiangong 1 (it means Heavenly Palace, which sounds like a place I have a take-out menu from) was launched back in late September of last year. If you were to compare it to the first space stations launched by the old Soviet Union and the US (which everyone will), it seems incredibly modest and small. But that would be doing the Chinese space program a disservice, since they don't really intend it to be a space station at all.
They have a much better plan in mind— it's not really a secret, but it's also not the story given to most media right now.
It's really a prototype of a cargo ship for a future, real space station.
Originally posted by Juggernog
Im wondering how much more can really be learned from having a space station?