I write a blog on nuclear issues at www.nucleotidings.com. One of the things I have covered on that blog is research on thermonuclear fusion. There are a number of different companies working on fusion reactors which will produce power by fusing lighter elements into heavier elements.
In my last post, I talked about the failed attempt of SpaceX to land a rocket booster on a barge. The booster actually came down on the barge but it experienced a crash instead of a soft landing. The hydraulic fluid that powered the steering fins ran out before the attempted landing. Today's rockets deliver their package to orbit but then crash down in the ocean.
I have been a fan of science fiction since I was a kid. Books, magazines, movies, television shows, comics, etc. were a refuge from the daily grind. When rocket ships were part of the story, they were usually shown as tall and thin. When they took off and landed, they went straight up or straight down, landing on their tail.