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A top-secret multi-billion dollar U.S. spy satellite launched from Cape Canaveral on Sunday reportedly failed to separate from the upper stage of its SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and never reached orbit.

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched a top secret U.S. government payload into orbit, while returning its first-stage booster to the ground for reuse.

The Falcon lifted off at 8 p.m. ET Sunday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. As the first-stage of the Falcon returned to Earth for an upright landing, the upper stage lofted the mysterious Zuma, presumed to be a spy satellite or military communications satellite, into an undisclosed orbit.

SpaceX

The giant SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket has been lifted to the vertical position at Kennedy Space Center.  SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says that the demonstration flight of the world’s most powerful operational launch vehicle will occur before the end of January.  But before then there will be a test firing of the rocket's 27 engines.   The first Falcon Heavy mission will attempt to launch a Tesla electric car into deep space.

When Ayanna Howard was a little girl, her favorite TV show was the Bionic Woman.

Across the Universe

Dec 13, 2017

Here's a Space Coast Special. The newly released Planet: Photographs from the Archives of NASA ($27, Chronicle Books) offers a rich visual tour of the planets in our solar system. Nirmala Nataraj, author of Earth & Space, returns with another gorgeous photographic tour of space, this time featuring 200 spectacular photos of planets, moons, and comets in our solar system, collected from over 40 years’ worth of material housed in NASA’s archives.

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