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SpaceX launches ‘Zuma’ spacecraft with secret U.S. government payload, lands Falcon 9

UPDATED: SpaceX launched  a Falcon 9 rocket from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center this evening, carrying a secretive U.S. government payload known as “Zuma” to low-Earth orbit.

Falcon 9 first stage has landed at Landing Zone 1.

— SpaceX (@SpaceX) January 8, 2018

It was SpaceX’s third classified launch for the U.S. government, this one taking place under a deal with defense contractor Northrop Grumman. After the launch SpaceX successfully landed the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Watch the archived live stream from SpaceX below.

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