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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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China releases more images & videos from Zhurong

Zhurong panorama looking north, June 27, 2021
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Overview map
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China today released a new panorama as well as several videos taken by its Mars rover Zhurong.

The videos show the rover’s landing as well as two short videos taken from the remote camera it had dropped off shortly after deployment from its lander, the first showing the rover moving away and the second showing it turning in place.. China also released sound recorded during that deployment, as the rover rolled down the ramps. The sound was of course enhanced, but it does allow scientists to learn something about the atmosphere of Mars.

The image above is a cropped section from the panorama. The map to the right, taken on June 11th by the high resolution camera on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), has been annotated by me to show the area I think is seen by this section of that panorama, looking due north. (For a higher resolution version that clearly shows the rover’s tracks since leaving the lander, go here.)

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5 comments

  • Lee Stevenson

    You have to give it to the Chinese… The idea to have a little selfie camera to drop off and take genuine selfies of the lander and rover might have very little scientific value, but from a PR perspective it is pure genius! I know many here have problems with the Chinese, and for many good reasons, but put that aside for a few moments and just enjoy these super-cool images and clips! ( From Mars!!! From bloody Mars!!)

  • Jeff Wright

    It is good to see assets working.

    I have often wanted two rockets to launch together so as to see a side view of an entire mission

  • Col Beausabre

    What amazes me is how realistic these photos are, you’d think they had actually been taken on Mars!

  • wayne

    Col Beausabre–

    “…and receiving the Oscar in the Best Special FXs category is….Disney, Industrial Light & Magic, and the Chinese Communist Party.”

  • Starbird

    Theres a old movie from the 1960’s Robinson Cuirso on Mars with Paul Mantee,Adam WEst and Vic Lundin

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