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It's Baaack! XB-37B Finally Lands 123

Posted by timothy
from the ready-for-a-nice-classified-nap dept.
ColdWetDog writes "The US Air Force / DARPA 'baby shuttle,' the Boeing-built XB-37B has just landed after 469 days in orbit. No official explanation of why controllers kept the mission going past the original duration of 270 days other than 'because we could.' I, for one, welcome our long duration, unmanned orbital overlords."
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It's Baaack! XB-37B Finally Lands

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 16, 2012 @12:35PM (#40344873)

    After all, you pay for it, you dimwit

  • by million_monkeys (2480792) on Saturday June 16, 2012 @01:08PM (#40345131)

    uhh, you do realize that unmanned generally means that it doesn't havel ife support systems. We can get shit to the space station; we demonstrated that with the dragon capsule. However, we still don't have a way to get a man in space.

    We could cryogenically freeze the astronauts and send them up as popsicles. Then, once we invent equipment to defreeze them, we can send that up and thaw them out. Problem solved. With enough creativity, nearly anything is possible.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 16, 2012 @01:32PM (#40345275)

    Allow me to assure you that the United States military does not have any manned spaceflight capability. At all. Whatsoever. Period. The end. So you'll stop asking about it if you know what's good for you. In addition rumors of a secret base in the asteroid belt are simply that. Wild, baseless rumors. Nothing to see here citizen. Move along.

  • by K. S. Kyosuke (729550) on Saturday June 16, 2012 @01:39PM (#40345319)

    "No official explanation of why controllers kept the mission going past the original duration of 270 days"

    No official explanation, but anonymous sources on the inside report that spacecraft's internal clock was off by 199 days. Aliens could not have been reached for comments.

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