SpaceX launches secretive Zuma mission


  • SpaceX blasted off a secretive U.S. government payload known as Zuma, a mission whose nature — and the agency behind it — remains a mystery.
  • Just what exactly needed such special protection and secrecy is still unknown.
  • It was for the U.S. government and would be delivered to low-Earth orbit, but offered no other details.
  • SpaceX has launched national security payloads in the past, including a spy satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office, and an X-37B space plane for the U.S. Air Force.

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