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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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FAA approves next three Starship test flights with prototype #15

Capitalism in space: In a statement today the FAA announced that it has approved next three test flights of SpaceX’s Starship prototype #15.

From the statement:

The FAA has authorized the next three launches or the SpaceX Starship prototype. The agency approved multiple launches because SpaceX is making few changes on the launch vehicle and relied on the FAA’s approved methodology to calculate the risk to the public. The FAA authorized the launches on Wednesday, April 28.

This likely means that SpaceX will try a flight tomorrow.

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3 comments

  • Doubting Thomas

    The tea leaves are mixed for launch:

    Currently (midnight Central) weather in Boca Chica calls for thunderstorms and heavy rain through Sunday.

    Highway 4 has a road closure secondary date of April 30 8 am to 5 pm Central

    Mary (Boca Chica Gal) who lives in Boca Chica Village at ~ 6 pm April 29th said she had not yet received an evacuation notice. Cameron county generally frowns on notices with less than 24 hours lead time on notification. As warm weather approaches, Cameron County dislikes closing the one road to the beach on the weekends (but has done so in the past).

    Elon is in a hurry but several people are predicting Monday most likely (Sunny and warm). We will see.

  • Trent Castanaveras

    Per NasaSpaceFlight, the road is closed and the current forecast shows that the weather will likely improve throughout the day. NSF webcast is live, although SN15 is not likely to launch for hours yet today, if at all:

    https://youtu.be/rXG7W7skekw

  • Trent Castanaveras

    Closure cancelled. No flight today.

    https://www.cameroncounty.us/spacex/

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