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SpaceX Falcon 9 Lander is a rocket landing simulation project by Dixitest (dixiklo's test account). The goal of the game is to try to land a Space X Falcon 9 rocket.

This project reached many news sites. It was used to demonstrate the difficulty of the task of landing a multimillion-dollar rocket. Articles generally started by introducing SpaceX and their plan of using reusable rockets. Articles went on to describe the Scratch project, and some ended on a nostalgic note.[1][2][3][4]

This is the second project to appear in the media since the removed Pac-Man project (besides projects involved in copyright news). The project received so many views that it crashed the Scratch website[5][6][7] and is the first recorded instance of a project's popularity causing a Scratch Server Internal Error.[citation needed] It is also considered as one of the most popular non-featured projects.[citation needed]

thisandagain, a Scratch Team member, explained what was going on, in the forums. This is what he said:

Hi Scratchers,

As many of you may have noticed, we've been having trouble keeping Scratch running smoothly for the past day. Part of this is due to some updates to Scratch that were made on Wednesday night. In addition, on Thursday morning Scratch experienced a large growth in site traffic due to a number of articles linking to Scratch in the media. While all this attention is great (yay!) we haven't been able to deal with it as well as we would have liked (boo!). Here is what we are doing right now:

- We have put some small measures in place to help deal with the large influx of traffic
- We are working on resolving and rolling back some of the changes made on Wednesday night
- We are working on getting another server into production to help handle the additional load

We are very sorry for the trouble that this is causing for many of you and hope to have Scratch back up and running normally soon!


– thisandagain, Scratch Team[6]

References

  1. http://bgr.com/2015/09/19/spacex-falcon-9-lander-web-game/
  2. http://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/spacex-falcon-9-lander/
  3. http://www.slashgear.com/falcon-9-lander-games-proves-how-hard-it-is-for-spacex-to-recover-rockets-18405471/
  4. http://www.theverge.com/tldr/2015/9/17/9344475/spacex-falcon-9-landing-game
  5. https://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/topic/151696/
  6. a b https://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/topic/151762/
  7. https://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/youtube/LSV8CsfX6ak/