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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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Commercial communications satellite breaks apart in orbit

For reasons that are not clear, SES’s AMC-9 satellite, launched in 2003 and nearing the end of its 15 year design life, appeared on June 17 to suddenly break into at least two pieces.

The video at the link requires patience to watch, but it shows the satellite go from one bright spot to about two at around two minutes. These two spots then slowly drift apart.

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3 comments

  • ken anthony

    Irreconcilable differences?

  • Anthony Domanico

    It has to be in more than two pieces, many more. Now we can only hope it doesn’t cascade into a very terrible kind of fireworks.

    Like Wayne White, the CEO of Space Booster LLC said the space insurance companies should be very concerned with and strong proponents of space debris mitigation and removal.

  • Dick Eagleson

    Orbital debris remediation is a “lighthouse problem.” Both the people who pay for lighthouses and the people who don’t benefit from them existing. The U.S. needs to stand up a spacefaring equivalent of the U.S. Coast Guard – I favor the name High Guard. Like the USCG, the USHG would have as one of its primary jobs the elimination of hazards to navigation.

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