Posted on Sunday, 11 March, 2012 | 15 comments| News tip by: bouncer
Image credit: NASA
The experimental US Air Force X-37B space plane was supposed to land in December after nine months.
Built like a miniature version of NASA's space shuttles, the 29ft solar powered space plane is currently high up in orbit around the Earth travelling at 17,000mph. "We initially planned for a nine-month mission," said Lieutenant-colonel Tom McIntyre. "Keeping the X-37 in orbit will provide us with additional experimentation opportunities and allow us to extract the maximum value out of the mission."
"The plane resembles a mini space shuttle and is the second to fly in space."