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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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Fifty years ago today: the Apollo 1 launchpad fire

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Fifty years ago Friday, the first – but sadly not the last – fatal spaceflight accident struck NASA when a fire claimed the lives of Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Roger Chaffee, and Ed White during a training exercise at Launch Complex 34. The accident, a major setback for the struggling Apollo program, ushered in the first understanding of the “bad day” effects of schedule pressure for spaceflight and brought with it words and reminders that still echo today.

The article provides a very detailed and accurate look at the history and causes of the accident, as well as its consequences, which even today influence American space engineering.


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  • Wayne

    I’ll take this sad opportunity to mention– we have a very nice Planetarium dedicated to Chaffee, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

    – professionally done intro history reel (great video)

    Chaffee Planetarium Installation

  • Garry

    The understanding of fire that was gained from the accident has had benefits well beyond the field of space travel.

    I wish I could find the old Life magazine article that fascinated me when I was a kid in the 70’s and made me a fan of the space program. The article was on the benefits of the space program, and one of their focuses was this accident.

    According to the article, in response to this accident NASA undertook what was the most thorough investigation of fire ever, which led to development of safe wiring used in many fields, paints that didn’t give off toxic fumes when burned, and many, many other products that have saved countless lives.

    As devastating as the accident was, we didn’t let it stop us, and in fact used it to learn very valuable lessons that brought great benefit to mankind. I hope we still have this spirit.

  • wayne

    Good stuff. (it’s really been 50 years… feel “old” today.)

    Google-books appears to have Life Magazine archived on-line, although it’s not quite the same as having them in hand.
    -Last I knew ( jeez, 2-decades ago)— you could get (random dates) them for $5-10 a copy. “historic” issues priced accordingly higher.

  • Edward

    Garry wrote: “As devastating as the accident was, we didn’t let it stop us, and in fact used it to learn very valuable lessons that brought great benefit to mankind. I hope we still have this spirit.

    I am reminded of Bill Whittle’s acknowledgement of The Deal that we have with reality: (7 minutes)

    (Tomorrow is another sad anniversary.)

  • Garry

    Thanks, Edward; great video!

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