Conscious Choice cover

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 upper stage to impact Moon

A Falcon 9 upper stage launched in February 2015 is apparently now on a course to impact the Moon this coming March.

According to Bill Gray, who writes the widely used Project Pluto software to track near-Earth objects, asteroids, minor planets, and comets, such an impact could come in March.

Earlier this month, Gray put out a call for amateur and professional astronomers to make additional observations of the stage, which appears to be tumbling through space. With this new data, Gray now believes that the Falcon 9’s upper stage will very likely impact the far side of the Moon, near the equator, on March 4.

Grey’s call out for more measurements is because there are uncertainties about this prediction. To prepare for observations of the impact by a variety of lunar orbiters, researchers need better data.


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  • Jim Schmidt

    Would be a shame if it hit the chinese rover.

  • BtB’s Original Mark

    On a rare nighttime walk, Musk cast his eyes up towards the bright half illuminated moon, and said quietly to himself “All is going according to Plan”.

  • William

    I absolutely agree with BtB. Elon is up to something. He planned on going to the moon before Lex Luthor Muhuahhh

  • Jeff Wright

    The Genesis Torpedo

  • Col Beausabre

    The review of the Times of London of Werner Von Braun’s “I Shot for the Stars” was succinct – “But I hit London instead”

    Tom Lehrer’s Werner Von Braun

    And then there was the Snark that went rogue

    “Realizing that the vehicle could crash anywhere south of Puerto Rico, AFMTC officials alerted the State Department, whose reaction is not recorded.”

    Analog had a great article about being a range safety officer called “Pushing the Button” in the Eighties – and the reason the position of RSO was instituted is that a V2 from White Sands had impacted in Mexico (in a graveyard)

    “It was May 29, 1947. Here is the El Paso Times report:

    El Paso and Juarez were rocked Thursday night when a runaway German V-2 rocket fired from the White Sands Proving Ground in New Mexico crashed and exploded on top of a rocky knoll three and a half miles south of the Juarez business district.”

  • Darwin Teague

    If it missed the Mon, what would happen? I assume it wouldn’t hit the Earth or we would be hearing about that. It would change it’s orbit, but would it ever come back around and get near us again?

  • Darwin Teague: The stage would remain in Earth orbit, with its new orbit calculated. It is unlikely that new orbit would intersect the Earth, but even if it did, this is an upper stage that would burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere.

    There is a slight chance that an inner helium tank might reach the surface (as has happened once in the past), but the chances of it landing on land are only 30%.

    That being said, based on the present calculations the astronomers seem confident it will hit the Moon.

    In other words, the stage poses no real threat.

  • BtB’s Original Mark

    Well it appears that the topic of an old SpaceX Falcon 9 upper stage hitting the moon is just so critically earth shattering that Mr. Z. drops in to comment.
    No matter that on other contentious posts, Bobby Hill is slanderously accusing BtB – “Covid denialism is responsible for prolonging the pandemic and tragedies like this. I am glad to see talk of holding people accountable for profiteering and other malfeasance during the pandemic”. At the same time others are throwing around the rhetorical bomb of ‘Fauci equals Mengele’. And of course let’s not discuss 21st Century Geopolitics, the Chinese recreation of the 1936 Berlin Olympics and the undeclared war by the CCP on America, or how History can inform our opinions on subjects besides U.S. & Soviet accomplishments in Space during the last half of the 20th century.
    I don’t understand how someone with historical training can pass off ‘Fire the evil politicians and their Bureaucratic minions’ as serious analysis. I’ll end with one BtB quote “I welcome all opinions, even those that strongly criticize my commentary.”

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