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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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Confirmed: SpaceX plans two launches for tomorrow

Capitalism in space: SpaceX has now confirmed that it will attempt two Falcon 9 launches tomorrow at its launch facility at Cape Canaveral, the first to launch 60 Starlink satellites at 10:12 am (Eastern) and the second to launch an Argentinian radar satellite at 7:18 pm (Eastern).

In the first launch the first stage, used once before, will attempt to land on the drone ship in the Atlantic. On the second launch the first stage, used three times previously, will return to Cape Canaveral for its landing attempt.

The live stream for both will be available here.

SpaceX will also tomorrow attempt a 500 meter hop of its sixth Starship prototype. The live stream of that can be seen here.

Meanwhile Rocket Lab has shifted its launch this weekend in New Zealand from tonight to tomorrow night at 11:05 pm (Eastern). The live stream will be aired here.

That means on August 30, 2020 there could be three American launches as well as another test flight of a new reusable rocket.

Note: Astra has delayed the first orbital test flight of its rocket to no early than September 10th due to poor weather in Kodiak, Alaska.


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  • Kyle

    NASA would never attempt more than 1 flight/hop in the same trimester

  • Frank Solomon

    On the August 4 John Batchelor show, Mr. Zimmerman will probably mention that the only thing about SLS that consistently rises is the price:

  • Frank Solomon

    Sorry – SEPTEMBER 1 . . .

  • Ray Van Dune

    Bob, I have searched, but I cannot find any information on why the SAOCOM launch is going ahead despite earlier indications that its southerly launch azimuth would be prohibited by the NROL-44 DIVH still being on the launchpad. Did they put the DIVH away in its shelter? Is that really protection against a falling F9?

  • Ray Van Dune: I have been assuming that the Delta rocket was going to moved back into its assembly building in order to properly figure out what went wrong. In that case I also assume they consider that safe enough for SpaceX to launch.

    This is all a guess, but I think a reasonable one. SpaceX might say something about this on its live stream tomorrow evening. So might Stephen Clark at SpaceFlightNow during his coverage. Both are closer to the situation than I am.

  • ” Is that really protection against a falling F9?”

    I think the only folks who have to worry about falling boosters are the Chinese.

  • Brian

    The Starlink mission at 10:12 EST will be launching from pad LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center and the SAOCOM Argentine mission at 7:19 EST will be launching from pad SLC-40 at Canaveral Air Force Station the two pads though are only a few miles apart.

  • Lee Stevenson

    Absolutely stunning…. SpaceX is kicking NASA’s butt . And I’m sure that is part of conducting 3 rocket flights in such a small window… My love for NASA remains… But the sooner the wasted money for their manned flight program gets given over to their unmanned exploration protects , the sooner we genuinely get to learn more about our solar system!

  • sippin_bourbon

    SpaceX Starlink launch pushed for weather.

    SAOCOM mission still on.. 40% favorable at the time of this writing.

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