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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 strikes tourist deal with SpaceX for three more flights

Capitalism in space: Axiom today announced that it had signed a deal with SpaceX to use its Dragon capsule and Falcon 9 rocket to launch three more manned tourist missions following the first now scheduled for January.

Ax-1, Axiom’s historic first private ISS mission, has already been approved by NASA and targeted for launch to the ISS no earlier than Jan. 2022, also aboard Dragon as a result of a deal the companies signed in March 2020. Axiom last week revealed legendary astronaut Peggy Whitson and champion GT racer John Shoffner would serve as commander and pilot on its proposed Ax-2 mission – now confirmed to be a Dragon flight.

So, too, are Ax-3 and Ax-4.

Other than Whitson and Shoffner, the company has not revealed who will fly on those three additional flights. That it made this deal however strongly suggests that it has ample demand for seats and will fill those capsules with no problem.

The press release also reiterates the company’s space station plans. They will begin attaching their own modules to ISS in ’24, with the goal of detaching from the station in ’28 and operating as an independent entirely private station thereafter.

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5 comments

  • David K

    Two questions:

    Will Tom Cruise be on one of these? Last year there was news that they might film something, but nothing recently.

    Does anyone think that axiom can add a rotating component to the station for artificial gravity in the next decade or so? IMHO that is a must have for a second gen station even if is at or even lower than lunar gravity.

  • humphreyrobotH

    Mile high club has upcoming stiff competition.

  • A. Nonymous

    If you want gravity, you’re gonna need a much bigger station. Small rotating compartments will just make people sick.

    Besides, there’s no longer any reason to use that wonky orbital plane anymore; if you build a new station, with new components, you can put it in a much lower inclination now that there’s no requirement to buy off the Russians.

  • Michael

    That raises an interesting point. Will the Axiom station station be restricted to the same orbital plane?

  • Edward

    David K asked: “Does anyone think that axiom can add a rotating component to the station for artificial gravity in the next decade or so?

    There are some ideas for building a spinning space station out of modules, however, they generally require a large number of modules.
    https://newatlas.com/gateway-foundation-von-braun-rotating-space-station/58528/

    Unless someone gets more creative, spinning space stations may be decades away. I suspect that Starships could be used in a creative way to make a different, smaller design. Perhaps one Starship could form a hub, and two more extend in opposite directions, like spokes without the attached wheel, to create several floors of lab space, each floor with a different gravity.

    Michael asked: “That raises an interesting point. Will the Axiom station station be restricted to the same orbital plane?

    The station that they release from the ISS in 2028, or so, will probably remain in the same or nearby plane. It takes a large amount of delta v to make large plane changes, and we already know that Dragon and Starliner can get crews and passengers to that plane. A manned Dream Chaser would also likely be able to reach that plane, too.

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