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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 NASA Image and Video library, available to all

NASA has unveiled a new image and video library website that allows anyone to search through more than 140,000 NASA images, videos, and audio files.

I just tested it, putting “Apollo 8” as much search words. The site immediately made available a pretty nice collection of just under 300 images from that mission. The collection was far from complete (And I speak from experience, since when I wrote Genesis: the Story of Apollo 8 I looked at every one of the images taken during the mission as well as most of the images taken by NASA’s press office as well as numerous others by every news source, including Life magazine.) but it was a start. It appears NASA intends to keep adding images with time.


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One comment

  • wayne

    I just checked for a random video-file at their new site.
    Holy cow! and by that I mean—

    They have resident video-player for streaming, and the option to download files in small, medium, large, and “original” size. (and an option with closed-captioning inserted.)

    -I’m looking at a random (4 minute 30 second) video and the streaming size alone is 2 GB’s, the “original” file-size (for this particular video) is 6 GB’s while in contrast the “small” file is still 700+ MB’s.
    (All the video options appear to be in .MP4 format. I’m still downloading 2 of the files, so have not determined the quality differences.)

    I’m wondering if they consulted any of the folks and utilized their experience? That’s some massive bandwidth in play!
    (I have low speed DSL over twisted-copper, but fortunately I have download-software that can handle downloads automatically, and schedule them for completion. I can generally stream Netflix & Amazon Prime with zero buffering, but experienced a lot of buffering at the Nasa site.)

    All that aside–an extremely interesting resource.
    (I’d like to know, how much this costs NASA to operate!)

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