Trailing a thick column of exhaust, the Space Shuttle Columbia blasted into the twilight morning sky in 2002, its thundering rockets briefly flooding a cloud bank with the light of a false dawn. The event marked the start of the ongoing eleven day mission to upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope. The shuttle would later be burned up on re-entry in a tragic 2003 accident, killing all seven of its crew.
X-37B is an unmanned US Air Force space plane. The X-37B made a successful return on Friday after 220 days in Earth orbit.
X-37B Space Plane will return to Earth as early as this week. No word on declassification of its mission or costs to taxpayers.
The US Air Force's secret X-37B space plane remains in Earth orbit, but its initial mission might be coming to an end.
Mystery missile: Pentagon and NASA experts say the mysterious plume off southern California Monday was probably made by a jetliner and not by some mystery missile.
News video showed a spectacular contrail Monday off California's coast, and debate over the 'mystery missile' blasted off. But even as government agencies said 'it wasn't us,' the US denied any threat.
A teen was pulled under and killed in a shark attack on the California coast, Friday. His best friend witnessed the attack while by his side in the water only 2 feet away.
In this Sept. 25 photo, a Minotaur 4 rocket carrying the Space Based Space Surveillance satellite blasts off and heads toward orbit at 9:41 p.m., at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The satellite is designed to detect and monitor debris, satellites and other space objects that could be a threat to national security, communications and weather satellites.
The US Air Force's secret X-37B space plane has boosted itself into a new orbit, say skywatchers.
The US government says that it will review measures to control arms in space.