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X-37B returns from fourth orbital flight, makes first KSC landing.

Concluding a record-breaking stay in space, the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B spaceplane returned to Earth this morning. The vehicle spent more than 718 in orbit after launching atop an Atlas V rocket on May 20th, 2015. 

Although the X-37′s operations in orbit are classified, at least two of its payloads were confirmed to be an experimental electric propulsion engine and a materials exposure pallet.

The spaceplane performed a completely autonomous landing at Kennedy Space Center’s runway 15 shortly before 8am EDT, the same runway used by the Space Shuttle program. It marked the first time one of the Orbital Test Vehicle spaceplanes landed at Kennedy Space Center.

Following brief servicing on the runway, the vehicle will be towed to one of the former Orbiter Processing Facilities next to the Vehicle Assembly building. The Air Force has converted one of the old shuttle hangars for use by the OTV program to house their spaceplanes.

P/C: USAF

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This is such a slap in the fucking face.

So my aunt (Trump supporter) posted a status about how much she loves that Trump really wants to honor the troops and their families, and how she doesn’t think she has heard another speech that comes from the heart in the same way since Ronald Reagan.  She thinks he has their back.  Meanwhile I am pissed.

My Father served in the military for 25 years.  For 25 years he put his life on hold to serve the American people.  He was away from his family.  He missed birthdays and important events.  And he really liked it.  He just retired, because he was passed over for promotion AGAIN and decided that he was done, he didn’t want to do the same stuff for another twenty years.

You know what he told me on the phone?  My Father told me that he got his Presidential letter thanking him for his service, and it was UNSIGNED by Trump.  So was my Step-mother’s for her sacrifice as a military wife.  Trump couldn’t be bothered to sign a letter thanking my Father for his dedication over the last twenty five years.  So if he wants to put out a speech saying that he has the troops’ backs, it’s all fucking lip service.

DON’T LET ANYONE TRY TO TELL YOU THAT TRUMP CARES ABOUT THE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM.

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Cadet Chapel – U. S. Air Force Academy
Colorado Springs - El Paso County, Colorado, USA; 1956-63

Walter Netsch of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)
(photographs by Stewarts and Williams & Meyer CO)

see map | outside view | inside view

via “Informes de la Construcción: Volume 18, 171" (1965)