On December 03, 2010 at 09:16 UTC (04:16 EST) the U.S. Air Force's X-37B unmanned space plane returned back to Earth. The plane touched down on the runway of Vandenberg U.S. Air Force base.
The X-37B, also called the Orbital Test Vehicle, has been in space since launching aboard an Atlas 5 rocket on April 22, 2010 April from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
US Air Force photo
The Air Force stopped discussing the progress of the mission a few minutes after liftoff. The space plane's activities in orbit have been classified.
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