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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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Curiosity heads south

After four years of southwest travel to skirt a large dune field at the base of Mount Sharp, Curiosity has finally turned due south to aim directly up the mountain.

“Now that we’ve skirted our way around the dunes and crossed the plateau, we’ve turned south to climb the mountain head-on,” said Curiosity Project Scientist Ashwin Vasavada, of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. “Since landing, we’ve been aiming for this gap in the terrain and this left turn. It’s a great moment for the mission.”

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One comment

  • LocalFluff

    I wonder if it will ever reach that valley/canyon. The ancient layered rocks there was the motivation for picking its landing site, but since the landing they don’t seem important at all. The Mars 2020 rover (which I hope will not become the Mars 2020s rover with launch 2029) is equiped to collect small drill core samples. But imagine how many years it will take for it, with its Curiosity architecture, to collect them. A mission to land and collect them could be done no earlier than a decade later. I think the sample collection equipment is an overambitious fantasy that should be replaced with a useful science intrument instead. The Oxie-thing to extract oxygen from the atmosphere is also just a waste of valuable and rare payload mass. I am afraid the Mars 2020 rover is set to be even less productive than MSL sloth.

    Rovers on Mars need big solar panels, maybe held up by a mast and wires like sails on a ship but to turn toward the Sun instead of to the wind, and be commanded from Earth every 10 to 40 minutes instead of once every 25 hours.

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