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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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Boeing’s Starliner aces parachute test

Capitalism in space: Boeing last week successfully completed a Starliner parachute test designed to simulate the return of a capsule after a launch abort.

This is good news for the capsule and Boeing, but I am a bit puzzled why this test, to be followed by a second similar test, was done. These parachutes were supposedly tested thoroughly already, proven, and ready for use for manned missions. Part of that proof was an earlier launch abort test as well as Boeing’s unmanned orbital demo flight that failed to dock with ISS. Both returned to Earth safely using these parachutes. I wonder if during those latter flights they found issues with the parachutes that needed smoothing out by even more tests.

Either way, this success improves the chances that Starliner will finally fly manned early next year, giving the U.S. two different operational manned capsules for getting humans into space.

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4 comments

  • V-Man

    Either of two:

    1) Flight showed potential issue, needed to test fix;

    or more likely:
    2) Program included payment for X number of parachute tests, so they’re doing them whether they are needed or not.

  • V-Man: Heh. I like your second guess. It fits the style of Boeing and NASA’s old way of doing things.

  • sippin_bourbon

    Possible it is software related?

    If I recall, they had to do a big software review. Perhaps because certain parts of the code were touched/altered, they had to re-run the test?

    This is pure speculation on my part.

  • MDN

    Didn’t one of their test flights end with 1 of the 3 chutes shredded? As I recall they and NASA still called it a success as Starliner can still land safely with just 2 chutes. Regardless I expect that was a severe enough issue they would want to root cause and correct it ASAP, so additional testing would be warranted.

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