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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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Another Juno fly-by movie of Jupiter!

Cool movie time! Using 125 Juno images taken when it flew past Jupiter on its third orbit in December 2016, citizen scientist Gerald Eichstädt has produced a beautiful short movie showing that flyby. I have embedded it below.

At the link he provides very specific details on how he created this move. I found this detail however most fascinating:

Most repetitive bright and dark camera artifacts are patched. Due to the intense radiation near Jupiter, several additional bright pixels occured. Those aren’t patched in this animation.

In rarer cases, lightnings on Jupiter might also show up as bright pixels. [emphasis mine]


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  • Localfluff

    Hmm. So that’s what’s behind that particular dot in the sky. But all of the other dots are certainly, eh, normal. These planet sized features that extend across the entire longitude or pole. It’s amazing. Jupiter is somewhere between a planet and a star, were lucky to have an object like that next doors.

  • Localfluff

    wonderful! Just, great.

  • Ted

    Thanks Mr. Z for posting another wonderful video.

  • Max

    Very nice, to think as a child all we had was a grainy image and our imagination… Our universe is getting clearer and clearer.

    The image that caught my eye was a follow up movie of Jupiter in the thermal red.

    I am fanatical about heat and it’s causation. (all heat is friction) it is a view of what lies below the clouds and the storms and what drives them. The bright areas of the infrared is also, from what I read, where they detected the greatest amount of magnetism driving the intense magnetic field of Jupiter. (hydrogen is capable of the most extreme positive and negative polarities. As in “PH” but does not conduct electricity very well unless it’s under pressure, then it becomes super conducting and a conduit for massive currents deep inside the cloud layer)
    Jupiter emitts more heat than it receives from the sun, so In a way it is a Proto Sun.

    Local fluff, have you seen the white and pink auroras that the earth is experiencing recently? They do not have a good explanation for this. The best one so far as that this is material of sodium hydroxide and other gases from the local fluff…
    Although there are other materials like calcium carbonate which burns white (limelight), sodium is by far the best candidate.

  • Localfluff

    “Pink auroras”. Well, I think that’s pink as in barely measurable in the students’ (okay, researchers’) instruments. In Scandinavia we never see any auroras or stars any way, because it is always cloudy. The Vikings went so far off simply because they had no idea of where they were or went. Everything is a constant mist. Like Odysseus’ journey. (And in no rush to get home early either, because this is pretty interesting stuff that happens on the way! And the wifey has probably mated with that irritating neighbor and it will be just a lot of trouble coming home again. Row row row!)

  • Localfluff: Heh. As Wayne would say, “Good stuff!” Comments like this are why I like having you here!

  • On a slight tangent over to Venus:

    Robert, did ya see the piece in the 24 Nov Science that’s focused on the Automation Rover for Extreme Environments (AREE) and Long-Life In-Situ Solar System Explorer (LLISSE)?
    I was aware of the work on high temp silicon carbide electronics, but the progress they’ve made at Glenn took me by surprise, it’s stunning!

    You may follow this work in the specialized journals, if so -never mind. But if you want to read this article and you aren’t a AAAS member, I’ll gladly send you the pdf.

    Science 24 Nov 2017:
    Vol. 358, Issue 6366, pp. 984-989
    DOI: 10.1126/science.358.6366.984

  • se jones: See this November 22 post on BtB. I am pretty sure it is the article you are referring to, though the date is different.

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