Conscious Choice cover

From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

 
Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
Conscious Choice does more however. In telling the tragic history of the Virginia colony and the rise of slavery there, Zimmerman lays out the proper path for creating healthy societies in places like the Moon and Mars.

 

“Zimmerman’s ground-breaking history provides every future generation the basic framework for establishing new societies on other worlds. We would be wise to heed what he says.” —Robert Zubrin, founder of founder of the Mars Society.

 

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Curiosity’s mountainous view

Curiosity's view uphill on June 23, 2021
Click for full resolution panorama. Note: Navarro Mt is about 450 feet high.

The travels of Curiosity at the base of Mount Sharp continue. In the past week, since my last update on June 16th, the rover has moved west past the entrance to Gediz Vallis to now sit at the base of Raphael Navarro Mountain, as shown by the panorama above. To get a sense of how far the rover has traveled in the past week, compare this panorama with the one posted then. It is also clear now that they are slowly returning to their planned route, and will not push up into Gediz Vallis as I speculated in that post.

The panorama is created from three photos taken by Curiosity’s navigation camera, found here, here, and here.

The map below the fold gives the context.

Overview map.
Click for interactive map.

I have annotated the interactive map that the Curiosity team provides. The yellow lines indicate the area covered by the panorama above. The dotted red line marks their planned route up Mt. Sharp. The white line the route they have taken, through June 21st. The white dot almost due south of their present position and inside Gediz Vallis is a suspected recurring slope lineae, a streak that darkens seasonally that might be caused by the seepage of underground brine.

The rover is presently higher on Mount Sharp than any time previously, with that record being broken with almost every day’s travel. Over the next few months they will circle around Navarro Mountain to head uphill on its western side, making a side trip back to check out Gediz Vallis Ridge before driving into Gediz Vallis.

As I have mentioned previously, these are the first Martian mountains seen from eye level. More such breath-taking views await us as Curiosity dives upward into Mount Sharp.

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