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While You were Sleeping….. America’s Newest Space Shuttle has been in Space for more than 10 months!

As with everything in politics, the smallest things were made to seem astronomically terrible.  This was the case with the ending of America‘s Manned Space Shuttle program, that flew for more than 30 years.  Many thought that it was the the end of America’s dominance in space.  But what many Americans didnt realize, was that the United States Air Force had already had developed, tested and launched it’s replacement.

Using all the data from 30 years of manned Space Shuttle flight, Drone advancements, and modern technological advances, America’s newest Space Shuttle, The Super Secret X-37B has been in space circling the Earth for over 10 months.  that may not seem like a very long time, but consider that the longest Space Shuttle Mission was that of the Columbia in 1996, which lasted only 17 Days 15 Hours 53 Minutes 18 Seconds.

Built by  Boeing’s Phantom Works, the X-37B spacecraft is approximately 29 feet (8.8 meters) long and 15 feet (4.5 meters) wide. It has a payload bay about the size of a Ford F-250 pickup truck.  The X-37B resembles a miniature version of NASA’s space shuttle, in fact, two X-37Bs could fit inside the 60-foot (18-meter) cargo bay of a space shuttle comfortably.  But make no mistake about it, America’s Newest Super Secret Shuttle has a military and not civilian background and intent.

The X-37B’s current mission and payload is classified, but it has been widely speculated that it’s current voyage is actually a spy mission.

Brid-Aine Parnell of The Register UK writes……..

The US Air Force’s second mysterious mini-space shuttle, the X-37B, could be spying on China‘s space laboratory and the first piece of its space station, Tiangong-1.

Amateur space trackers told the British Interplanetary Society publication Spaceflight that the black-funded spaceplane seemed to be orbiting the Earth in tandem with Tiangong_1, or the Heavenly Palace, leading the magazine to speculate that its unknown mission is to spy on it.

The SPACE.com infographic depicts the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle is an unmanned space test vehicle for the USAF. CREDIT: Karl Tate, SPACE.com

Whatever the purpose of America’s Newest Shuttle, we can be assured that The United State will remain a force to be reckoned with in technology and space for many years to come.  The X-37B merely represents the programs and vehicles that we actually know about, just think of what we don’t .

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Not to be outdone, Barack Obama Joins Google+

Debate is still raging about how many people are really using Google+ and whether it can ever overtake Facebook. But at least one prominent user was making active use of the site Wednesday: President Barack Obama.

Obama’s profile, which just gained a “verified account” tick mark, appears to have been launched first thing Wednesday morning. Naturally, it isn’t being run by the President himself, but by his reelection campaign — a fact that the profile’s posts makes no attempt to hide.

“Welcome to the Obama 2012 Google+ page,” reads the first Presidential post. “We’re still kicking the tires and figuring this out, so let us know what you’d like to see here and your ideas for how we can use this space to help you stay connected to the campaign.”

One one hand, Obama’s arrival is an important stamp of approval for the nascent social network. Obama has been active on Twitter and Facebook since he was a U.S. Senator running for the highest office in the land; his social media savvy is often credited with boosting his first presidential campaign, helping to recruit an army of young campaign workers and small donors. The President held a Town Hall with Twitter in June, and another at Facebook in April.

On the other hand, the relative lack of fanfare surrounding Obama’s arrival may indicate just how far Google+ has to go. His first post was arguably the most historic thing to happen on Google+ this week; more than 12 hours later, it boasts just 110 shares. (For comparison, one of our more popular Facebook stories this week has been shared more than 3,000 times in a day.)

Since that first announcement, Obama’s campaign has posted twice more Wednesday — once to tout the President’s tax credits for unemployed veterans, and once to push a campaign contest where winners get to have dinner with Obama. It has posted nine scrapbook photos, and no videos.

We’re looking forward to the President’s first Google+ hangout, which may supplant the meeting of Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Llama as the most historic hangout in Google+’s young life.

by  / Mashable

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