Aside from its time in space, there are a number of other things that make this mission different. The X-37B has completed four missions using a Atlas 5 rocket but its most recent mission was launched on September 7, 2017 using a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

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What are they doing up there? We have no idea. But given how bad things are going on Earth—between the global rise of fascism, the deaths of children in American concentration camps, and the disastrous fires in the Amazon—here’s hoping that the Air Force is developing some kind of human escape plan.

The tardigrades clearly succeeded in becoming a multi-planetary species recently. And given the way that humans are destroying our own planet it seems like they know what they’re doing.

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Correction: This article previously stated that some of the early launches of the X-37B had taken place in California. That’s not true. Every launch of the X-37B has take place at Cape Canaveral in Florida, though some have landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Gizmodo regrets the error.