The Sky Belongs to No One

Full disclosure: I’m playing No Man’s Sky for the first time. I know all about the backlash over how when it was released it was a supposed train wreck. What I’m playing now is the Atlas Rising update, a version of the game that better resembles what was initially advertised. I’m also playing it while reading Death’s End, the third book in the Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy, and watching reruns of Star Trek Voyager. I am in exploring outer space mode. I am deep in the desolation and isolation of space. Stardate 45040.3 (Or Am I in the Wrong

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Explodes during Pre-Launch Test this Morning [UPDATED]

A Falcon 9 was set to launch this Saturday to take an AMOS-6 communications satellite into space intended to support a joint effort between Facebook and Eutelsat to provide Internet to 14 African countries. As a standard procedure, SpaceX did their pre-launch test this morning, which was sitting on a launchpad in Cap Canaveral, Florida. According to SpaceX, they were static firing the engines, and an anomaly occurred, causing the explosion. Thankfully, there were no casualties, as it was standard protocol to clear staff from the launchpad area. Here’s the direct statement from their Twitter account: Update on this morning’s