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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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A look at future missions to Venus

Link here. The article gives a nice summary of what we presently know about Venus, as well as outlining the various proposed missions to it.

First off the starting line, and as far as I know the only mission actually approved, is an orbiter from India, scheduled for launch in 2023. After this are a number of proposals in the U.S. Europe, and Russia.

It appears that the discovery of many exoplanets with features somewhat similar to Venus is one of the factors generating the new interest in going back there.

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3 comments

  • Lee S

    I have long considered the atmosphere of Venus to be worthy of exploration…. I haven’t read the piece yet… But will when I head for bed..
    The fact that at certain depths the atmosphere is earth like in density and temperature, and no more acidic than that which some extreamophile bacteria survive in here on earth, makes me think that it’s a promising environment for life…. The dark streaks occasionally observed, in my head at least, could be a Venus analogue for algae blooms in our oceans….

  • Lee S

    Nice link! Thank you…. I just hope some of these missions come to fruition!

  • Brad

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bzKsNkzP4s

    Someday? Maybe a SpaceX Starship test flight? One year long mission, manned Venus flyby, perhaps with teleoperation of Venus rovers?

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