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Miami, FL — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) commended the United States Air Force for its X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle mission 5, which successfully landed at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility early this morning.
 
The X-37B is the Air Force’s premier reusable and unmanned spacecraft that provides flexibility to improve technologies in a way that allows scientists and engineers to recover experiments tested in a long-duration space environment. The spaceplane conducted on-orbit experiments during its mission, and recently broke its own record by being in orbit for more than two years.
 
“I am pleased to see the X-37B land safely back in Florida and congratulate the Air Force and the men and women who support this program on the completion of this successful mission,” Rubio said. “In breaking the previous record for consecutive days in space, this mission demonstrates the Air Force’s ability to keep this unique spacecraft in orbit for extended periods of time, and provides the Air Force and scientists a reusable platform for further exploration.”