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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 routine engine firing to raise the orbit of the International Space Station failed to come off today.

A routine engine firing to raise the orbit of the International Space Station failed to come off today.

Though it appears the engines on the European ATV cargo craft did not fire as scheduled, the report is very vague and does not make clear what actually happened. Stay tuned.


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  • Chris Kirkendall

    The comment “…to adjust for the Earth’s gravity” was rather odd – I thought the only reason an orbit gradually begins to ‘decay’ is that even at 200 or 250 mi. up, there is still some minuscule amount of atmospheric drag. There are many knowledgable people on this site regarding spaceflight – if anyone knows different, please feel free to correct me.

    Hopefully the next “burn” will come off OK, but it didn’t sound like a major problem…

  • You beat me to it Chris. How is it a science reporter screws up the science?

  • Chris Kirkendall

    HA HA ! ! Yeah – good question ! !

  • I suspect that the stringer who wrote this short article for UPI was based in Russia and was not a native English speaker. That the wording in the article is sometimes odd suggests this.

    This is not unusual. News services like AP, UPI, Reuters use native stringers all the time. Sometimes they can write better than this. Other times they are downright horrible, as in the case of the Arab stringers used by Reuters and others during the last Israeli-Lebanon conflict. In that case the stringers were more interested in providing pro-Palestinian propaganda than reporting what was happening.

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