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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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Arianespace successfully launches four commercial communications satellites

Capitalism in space: Using a Russian-built Soyuz rocket Arianespace today successfully placed four O3b communications in orbit.

The leaders in the 2019 launch race:

4 China
4 Europe (Arianespace)
3 SpaceX
3 Russia

The U.S. now leads China and Europe 6 to 4 in the national rankings.

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2 comments

  • Edward

    I am a bit concerned that there have been so few launches in the first quarter of the year. In addition to the 14 launches listed, I believe that there are two each for ULA and India, and one each for Rocket Lab and Japan, giving a total, so far, of 20. At this rate, we will not meet last year’s launch total of 111, so I hope things start to pick up soon.

    https://behindtheblack.com/behind-the-black/essays-and-commentaries/the-2018-global-launch-race-plus-predictions-for-2019/
    I therefore expect the launch total for 2019 to be much higher, possibly as much as 120 launches.

    I count 50 scheduled launches through August, which is a bit better, at 10 launches per month, but that rate may only take us to the equivalent of last year’s total.
    https://watchrockets.com/

  • Edward: Your count is correct, 20 launches so far this year.

    The numbers so far is less than last year, partly because the launches last year were clearing out backlog for both SpaceX and China. They don’t have as many launches now on their manifest. However, this will be compensated for but the arrival of the smallsat rockets, of which Rocket Lab is one.

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