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SpaceX - NROL-76 Launch Webcast

Complete video of today's launch for the National Reconnaissance Office, after yesterday's scrub due to a faulty TOTO (Temperature Ox Tank Outlet) sensor, flying through high altitude wind shear at 98.6% of the theoretical load limit.

Due to the classified nature of the payload (some sort of "spy satellite"), cameras and telemetry continuously followed the first stage from launch to landing for the first time. Together with the golden lighting and very nice weather conditions of the early morning launch, we're shown some crazy beautiful, sci-fi level angles of the first stage, especially the quick flip and boostback burn after stage separation, the three-engine supersonic retropropulsion reentry burn, and some nice shots of the 46m tall booster hurtling down towards Landing Zone 1 to a spot-on soft landing.
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