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Is there any indication in canon material (perhaps the comics?) that people were in space during the machine uprising or when the first iteration of the matrix was created?

I'm not asking if a person can go into outer space in the Matrix, but in the real world, given the approximate year of 2199 by Morpheus, it doesn't seem too far-fetched that living on a space station or ship would be implausible.

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I'm going with a qualified "no". Operation Dark Storm filled the sky with molecular replicators capable of "drain[ing] the life" out of any electrical device passing through it.

[The molecular replicators immediately drain the life from the Sentinels and they fall dead tearing through the clouds that cling to them momentarily like shredded pieces of parachute, before letting them fall away.]

[The Logos is engulfed by a ball of lightning as it is attacked by the sky. It shakes violently, every light blowing out, until the ship dies]

Matrix Revolutions: Screenplay

Given that trying to get into space without electrics is impossible and returning to Earth from space without electrics is almost impossible, I can't imagine that the space-faring nations of the world would send their astronauts to their deaths for no discernible benefit. They would have returned them to Earth before burning the sky.

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  • Some people believe that the sidereal universe is populated with "space aliens" but I suppose but I suppose that in this question "people" means "Earth people". – user14111 Nov 24 '19 at 0:03
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    @user14111 - A space alien appears in the Matrix story Goliath, but it's a gigantic space squid – Valorum Nov 24 '19 at 0:53
  • Is it an intelligent squid? Intelligent beings are 'people' even if they look like squids. – user14111 Nov 24 '19 at 1:01
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    @SvetlanaofVodianova - Hence a 'qualified' no. Someone might have been stupid enough to send their astronauts to their certain deaths, but I doubt it. – Valorum Nov 24 '19 at 15:02
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    @SvetlanaofVodianova - Sure. It's also possible that Elvis is living in my basement. It's just not likely. – Valorum Nov 24 '19 at 15:29

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