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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.  
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“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’s Long March 2D rocket launches Earth observation satellite

China yesterday used its Long March 2D rocket to successfully launch an Earth observation satellite plus two smallsats into orbit.

The leaders in the 2020 launch race:

20 China
13 SpaceX
9 Russia
4 ULA

The U.S. still leads China 21 to 20 in the national rankings.

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3 comments

  • LocalFluff

    Wiki tells me that the previous 2D launched as late as August 6th. With 3½ tons to LEO it has about half the payload capacity of a Soyuz launcher. So a bit too small for launching traditional sats to GEO, but good for Earth observation sats in low polar orbit.

  • wayne

    So, is “Earth observation satellite” chinese-communist double-speak, for surveillance-satellite?

  • LocalFluff

    @wayne
    They might have good reasons to take a look at the catastrophic floods in recent weeks that made some their damns burst, and other damns tremble. After having lost most of their crops, and previously most of their pigs in a disease (China is the by far largest pork producer in the world), they are probably also interested in watching what’s left of their agricultural sector. Even in the best of seasons China is dependent on food imports.

    What defeated Germany in ww1? Oh yeah, food shortages.

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