Buildings several miles away were shook by the blast, and people nearby reported that multiple explosions continued for several minutes. After the explosion the sky was filled with dark smoke and sirens could be heard.
No comment from either SpaceX or Elon Musk yet, but it'll be interesting to see reaction from them (and SES), especially in light of their announcment regarding the upcoming SES 10 launch.
They're right under the primary heat exchangers.
Shit! (into mike)
Apone, collect magazines from everybody. We can't have any firing in there.
Plus, if we would ever be able to muster the amount of resources needed for solar system colonies or interstellar space travel, those resources would probably be better spent on surviving any major disaster here on earth.
Even after massive nuclear war or an astroid impact, the earth would still be considerably more hospitable to human life than say mars or venus.
If a major cataclism is really your concern then invest in a space station with a few hundred people in it, including the means to repopulate the earth. If you can build a generation ship that can colonize an outside world, the you can also *stay* and rebuild earth.
Tomorrow's computers some time next month. -- DEC