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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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Billionaire Yuri Milner considering funding mission to Enceladus

Capitalism in space: Billionaire Yuri Milner, who already funds several astronomy projects aimed at interstellar travel, is now considering funding a planetary probe to the Saturn moon Enceladus.

At the moment all he is doing is holding workshops with scientists and engineers to see if such a mission can be done for an amount he can afford. Considering that Elon Musk’s first concept to send a private probe to Mars, before SpaceX existed, was stopped because of high launch costs, thus becoming the inspiration for SpaceX itself in order to lower those costs, Milner’s private effort might actually be affordable now.

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One comment

  • LocalFluff

    Oh, and while over there, flying through Enceladu’s plumes, fly through Titan’s and Saturn’s atmospheres too. Make Osiris-Rex type sample pickups from one of those milligravity moons inside of the ring system, like Pan. And of course, pick up some ring particles while flying a few feet above their quiet parade! Titan flyby’s pays most of the fuel bill while in the system.

    Cassini, Stardust, Hayabusa have demonstrated how to do all of this except the ring part, picking up small objects floating in a stream in weightlessness. That might need practice in LEO. Otherwise, when there are several samples to be taken without having to get trapped in any deep gravity well, then multiple should be taken. Mars2020 rover will collects dozens of samples, not only one single. And sending a few kilograms of different samples in a capsule with a heat shield and a parachute back to Earth doesn’t require much fuel.

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