Photos: Sunday’s return of X-37B after 718 days in space
This gallery of U.S. Air Force photos show technicians, wearing protective SCAPE suits, initially check for hazardous hypergolic fuel vapors around the X-37B spaceplane on the Shuttle Landing Facility runway and the subsequent tow of the vehicle to its newly-renovated hangar at the Kennedy Space Center.
Video: Sunday’s landing of X-37B at Kennedy Space Center
X-37B spaceplane returns to Earth and makes autopilot landing in Florida
Photos: Additional shots of successful Delta 4 rocket launch
Photos: Launch boosts satellite for U.S. allies
Photos: Delta 4 powers from pad with international satellite
Internationally-backed military satellite successfully launched atop Delta 4 rocket
Video: Liftoff of Delta 4 rocket and WGS 9 satellite
The United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket, standing 217 feet tall and weighing 900,000 pounds, unleashes 1.8 million pounds of thrust from its main engine and four side-mounted boosters at 8:18 p.m. EDT Saturday (0018 GMT Sunday) to launch the ninth Wideband Global SATCOM satellite for U.S. military and allied communications.
Photos: Launch pad gantry retracted from Delta 4 rocket
The 330-foot-tall mobile service tower is rolled away from the United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket at Cape Canaveral’s pad 37B in the hours before the scheduled liftoff. The 9-million-pound gantry was retracted the length of a football field in preparation for launch of the Air Force’s WGS 9 communications satellite into Earth orbit.