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Space History Photo: X-38 Prototype Lands on Rogers Dry Lakebed

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The X-38 research vehicle touches down on Rogers Dry Lakebed. (Image credit: NASA | Tom Tschida)

In this historical photo from the U.S. space agency, the X-38, a research vehicle built to help develop technology for an emergency Crew Return Vehicle from the International Space Station, is seen just before touchdown on a lakebed near the Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards California, at the end of a March 2000 test flight.

The X-38 Crew Return Vehicle (CRV) research project is designed to develop the technology for a prototype emergency crew return vehicle, or lifeboat, for the International Space Station.

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