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Space Plane Returns To Earth

VANDENBERG AFB - An unmanned Air Force space plane that spent seven months in orbit is set to return to Earth. The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle landed at 1:16 AM at Vandenberg Air Force Base northwest of Los Angeles.

Since launching in April, space enthusiasts have speculated about the ultimate purpose of the X-37B, which resembles a small space shuttle. The Air Force has said the space plane was to serve as a test platform for unspecified experiments. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent on the X-37 program, but the current total hasn't been released.

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