Boeing spacecraft may have woken you Saturday morning
FLORIDA (SNN TV) - If you woke up to a loud boom Saturday morning, you heard history.
Boeing confirmed it was their X-37B space plane landing at the Kennedy Space Center at 5:22 Saturday morning.
It set a new record of 908 days in orbit, smashing the previous record of 780 days.
This is the plane's 6th mission. Its purpose is to conduct experiments in space and then bring the results back to Earth for evaluation.
And its trip back to earth is not stealthy. Hundreds of Suncoast residents heard the space plane landing. Viewers in Port Charlotte, North Port, Nokomis, Sarasota, Bradenton, Osprey, Arcadia, Tampa, and even Orlando were jolted awake.
"It was just a loud boom," says Sarasota resident Michael Blue, "Woke me up, my dog jumped up and started barking. It woke my wife up. I got out of bed and looked out the front window and didn’t seeing anything. I opened the front door, walked out the front and it was quiet. Didn’t see anything or hear anything else but I definitely heard it this morning”
Mission 6 hosted a NASA experiment to look at the long term effects of space exposure on seeds. This research is part of the quest to establish permanent bases in space.
The X-37B program is a partnership between the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Space Force.