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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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Budget issues continue to threaten a number of successfully functioning science spacecraft, including Opportunity on Mars and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter circling the Moon.

Penny wise, pound foolish: Budget issues continue to threaten a number of successfully functioning science spacecraft, including Opportunity on Mars and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter circling the Moon.

Don’t be surprised if NASA announces soon that they are shutting down these spacecraft so they can save some money. Or as the article notes, “Money not spent on these extended missions will probably slide into [the Science Mission Directorate’s] Black Hole of Funding (the James Webb Space Telescope) or be dissipated on new paperwork, committee meetings and concept studies.”

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4 comments

  • Orion314

    I went from being so proud of the Nasa of the 60’s that proved we could damn well do what ever we set our sites on, to dismayed at an agency that looks as though it’s managed by the brain trust of the DMV…
    and so it goes….sigh

  • Edward

    I blame NASA (mis)management, too (except JPL seems to still have excellent management, unless — inconceivably — they are the ones proposing ending these extended missions). The people who get the work done at NASA continue to show that they are smarter and better at what they do than those who lead them.

  • Kelly Starks

    >…except JPL seems to still have excellent management…

    Ah, technically they aren’t part of NASA, they rae part of the university of California that NASA (and others) contract for services…like space probes.

  • Kelly Starks

    One could hope these cuts are like the Park service offering to close the Washington monument as a cost saving measure – betting Congress will cough up more money to prevent it. Just political show.

    ….that maybe overly optimistic in this case though..

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