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Did Zuma complete at least one orbit? [duplicate]

Question: Did Zuma complete at least one orbit? CLOSE VOTERS, PLEASE NOTE: answers to What was the outcome of the launch of ZUMA by SpaceX, to the best of the public's knowledge? do not answer my ...
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Suppose Zuma wasn't "lost" — what would it take to detect it?

Being a secret government launch, there has been speculation maybe the Zuma satellite wasn't lost, and claims to the contrary are a ruse to throw off parties who'd like to track it. There is possible ...
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Why did the "Secretive SpaceX Zuma Launch" make a big "S" or yin-yang shape in the sky?

The Space.com article Strange Sky Spiral May Come from Secretive SpaceX Zuma Launch shows images from this Tweet and this tweet, the second of which was posted by Dr Marco Langbroek (@Marco_Langbroek):...
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What kind of payload is Mission 1390 (Zuma) going to launch?

Usually, when there is a "classified" payload, there are hints as to what it would be. Why is it different on this mission? Why is no government entity taking credit for it?
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What does the four-leafed clover on mission patches produced by SpaceX signify?

According to Spaceflight Now's article Top secret ‘Zuma’ mission puzzles satellite trackers, SpaceX's mission patch for the Zuma Falcon 9 mission is that shown below (and in the article). I noticed ...
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Did Zuma "bump" NASA?

For this question, block-quoting all of the relevant information would be unwieldy (even for me) so I will just link four articles (plus one quoted section from the last item): NASA Spaceflight 16-...
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