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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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Axiom sets launch date for first private commercial manned mission to ISS

Capitalism in space: Axiom has set February 21, 2022 as the target launch date for its first private commercial manned mission to ISS, carrying one employee and three passengers for eight days.

In making the announcement the company emphasized the science research the passengers — Larry Connor, Mark Pathy, and Eytan Stibbe — will do:

The crew activities of Axiom Mission 1 (Ax-1) will focus on science, education, and outreach, conducting approximately 25 experiments while onboard the ISS. Critical data from studies in human research, life and physical sciences, technology demonstrations, and Earth observation will expand the applicability of microgravity research to new sectors. The crew has submitted over 100 hours of human-tended research to conduct during their stay on station.

The commander will be former NASA astronaut Michael López-Alegría, who now works for Axiom. This will be his fifth spaceflight.


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  • MDN


    I didn’t know that Axiom had developed a time machine. How do we tune in to watch last February? : )

  • MDN: Wiseguy. I have fixed the typo. Thank you.

  • Ray Van Dune

    I was going to observe that the mission is quite behind schedule already, but the time-machine explanation worked for me too.

    Ps. None of the linked NASA pieces mention the booster to be used, so I am assuming it is a Falcon-9. Elon seems to have the ride of choice, what with Atlas all used up and Vulcan and New Glenn lacking a critical element, the engine! Some of them might be on a Falcon Heavy, I guess.

  • Ray Van Dune: Once again, you are typing on the very resource that would answer your questions. Do a search for Axiom and Dragon. I am sure you will find the post that tells you the booster and capsule for this mission.

    Note too that this manned mission can only fly right now on Dragon. Do you really think a Dragon will be stacked on anything but a Falcon 9?

  • Richard M

    It doesn’t appear that a Falcon 9 booster has been assigned to Axiom-1 – at least not one that has been identified publicly – but most likely, I’d guess, it will be one of the more lightly used ones, like B1062 or B1067 – probably 1062, since that was used for the only other private space mission so far (Inspiration4).

    But the Dragon will definitely be Resilience. Clearly it’s being dedicated to commercial missions, with Endeavour and Endurance set aside for NASA missions.

  • RVD

    “Do you really think a Dragon will be stacked on anything but a Falcon 9?”

    My comment applied to the listed LUNAR missions, none of which are manned. I enjoy conversing about things here, and “conversing” implies I might ask an inaccurate or superfluous question. I’ll try to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

  • RVD: Please don’t be offended. I just like to remind people that this website is a valuable resource.

    As to the boosters used by these unmanned missions, see this post on BtB:

    SpaceX grabbing 90% of the launch contracts to the Moon

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