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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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ExoMars snaps its first images of Mars

In preparation for its October arrival in Mars orbit, the European ExoMars probe has successfully sent back its first images of the red planet.

The image is very fuzzy with a very low resolution, but that is expected considering the distance. What the image demonstrates is that ExoMars’ camera is working as expected.

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3 comments

  • PeterF

    One pixel equals 10000 miles?

  • At this distance. Once the spacecraft gets into orbit the resolution will be significantly better, and in fact I am sure it will be spectacular.

  • LocalFluff

    Orbital insertion in October, but it will aerobrake during a whole year!If I understood that correctly. With increased knowledge of Mars’ atmosphere, and growing experiences from for example ESA’s Venus Express at the end of its mission last year, maybe we are not far from using aerocapture soon, i.e, not having to spend any fuel on orbital insertion. Maybe a weather satellite is needed at Mars to make that work safely, but that is not far away either. All planets have atmospheres, except for Mercury. It would be quite helpful for spaceflight. This will be the sixth active orbiter at Mars, it’s getting busy up there.

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