Cape Canaveral, Florida had an unexpected visitor on Sunday Morning. Locals were shocked after a sonic boom sounded out, shaking up central Florida.
United States military officials immediately looked into the incident, and to everyone’s relief, we were not being invaded (by aliens or another country).
The loud landing was attributed to a spacecraft that has been orbiting around Earth since May 2015. It is unmanned.
It landed at the Kennedy Space Center after a whopping 718 days in orbit. The sound it made upon landing could be heard all the way to Tampa and Fort Meyers.
This was all part of an “experimental test program” whose main goal was to test whether or not unmanned space stations were viable and whether they would be reusable.
Another similar mission is scheduled from the same location sometime later this year.
From Fox News:
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – U.S. military officials say an unmanned spacecraft orbiting Earth since May 2015 has landed in Florida. The Air Force posted tweets that the X37B spacecraft landed Sunday morning at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral after 718 days in orbit. Multiple media outlets reported that the 29-foot-long spacecraft’s return caused a sonic boom that rattled central Florida and could be heard as far away as Tampa and Fort Myers. It’s the spacecraft’s first landing in Florida. Previous X37B missions have landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. In a statement , officials said the X37B spacecraft is “an experimental test program to demonstrate technologies for a reliable, reusable, unmanned space test platform for the U.S. Air Force.” Another mission is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral later this year.