Space Plane Spotted Again in Orbit

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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][3] Force’s secret X-37B [space plane][4], which went missing last week — at least for us [Earth][5]-bound satellite watchers (surely the Air Force knows exactly where it is!). [Spaceweather.com][6] reports that the plane has been spotted again by a [skywatcher][7] 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][8] 54 km lower than before.” This is at least the second time the [space][9] 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][10], and [Spaceweather ][6]also has a way to track the plane, too.

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