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US military launches mini shuttle

April 23, 2010

An unmanned Atlas rocket carrying a miniature space shuttle blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on a technology test flight that could last as long as nine months. The 20-storey tall rocket lifted off at April 21 2010 7:52pm local time, but the shuttle does not yet have a schedule for coming back down. The Air Force Space Command, which will oversee the mission of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, has classified details of the prototype shuttle’s payload, experiments and planned orbital operations.Photo: AP

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