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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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Falcon 9 landing leg falls during retraction

Capitalism in space: During the processing to bring a used Falcon 9 first stage back to its hanger after its June 30th launch, one of the landing legs unexpectedly fell back to the ground during retraction.

I have embedded the video of the incident, cued to the event, below the fold. No one was hurt, and it appeared that nothing was damaged. It appears it happened because a cable holding the leg vertical snapped just before the leg got latched in place on the side of the rocket.

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5 comments

  • sippin_bourbon

    Oops.

  • mpthompson

    I think the local OSHA officials will be having a chat with SpaceX or their contractors about this. Fortunately, no one was hurt, but its something that should not happen on a work site. However, when it does, it’s how work sites become safer.

  • commodude

    OSHA would only get involved if there’s an injury or a complaint.

  • NA$A: shut down for two years, spend billions in studies.
    SpaceX: issue procedural update, launch again next week.

  • Edward

    A year or so ago, someone here was looking for a YouTube video that talked about the limitations of Falcon’s upper stage and how it compared to other upper stages. I had also seen this video, but could not find it again, either. Although that discussion is long over and forgotten, I believe this is what he was looking for:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoUtgWQk-Y0 (14 minutes, Scott Manley, SpaceX limitations)

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