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REALSPACE: Atlantis returns home and other space news.

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The Shuttle Atlantis landed for possibly the last time yesterday at the Kennedy Space Center ending its 32 flight. Atlantis will now be readied as a rescue ship for Discovery’s flight in September. NASA is lobbing congress for one more flight of Atlantis is use the last external fuel tank and solid booster set.

http://www.spaceflightnow.com/shuttle/sts132/100526land/

The Air Force announced that the flight of the X-51 waverider was a success and that it broke all previous scramjet records.

http://www.spaceflightnow.com/news/n1005/27waverider/

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REALSPACE: USAF X-37B In Orbit

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The Air Force today has launched the X-37B into orbit on a classified mission. The reusable mini unmanned shuttle can stay in orbit for 270 days. This could be a new chapter in space or a handing off of low Earth obit to the military only time will tell.

http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/x-37b-robot-space-plane-blastoff-10...

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REALSPACE:ARES I Inescapable within first minute after launch

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In a report (available here, the USAF's 45th Space Wing states that if an Orion mission had to be aborted within the first minute of flight, there is a '100% FRATRICIDE by SECONDARY RADIATIVE WILTING of NYLON CHUTES The capsule will not survive an abort between MET's of ~30 and 60 seconds - as the capsule is engulfed until water-impact by solid propellant fragments radiating heat from 4,000F toward the nylon parachute material (with a melt-temperature of ~400F)."

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