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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First panorama from Perseverance

The Perseverance science team has released the first panorama taken by the Perseverance rover after landing on Mars February 18th.

Below the fold however I have embedded something far better than the science team’s mosaic. Andrew Bodrev has taken these same navigation camera images and created a 360 degree virtual reality panorama, one that you can pan and tilt at your own pleasure. The view also includes the sounds of the Martian winds from the rover’s microphone. If you pause it you won’t hear the sounds, but you can scan and rotate for as long as you want.


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  • Steve Richter

    would be neat if they had miniature sized mars movers and diggers that could be deployed to work independently of the rover.

  • Ron

    Steve, we were just talking about that in our office (I don’t work in anything space related so it was just some guys sitting around throwing out ideas) but we were talking about a swarm of drone helicopters going in all directions if this works! Love the idea for a bunch of little tonka truck diggers!!!

  • Gary

    I hope this is real. If so – amazing. A 360 view of the Martian night sky from Perserverance.

  • Alex Andrite

    “Martian Winds”, so similar to the Sirens Sweetly Singing.
    Careful Ulysses.

    The 360deg VR with local sound heard by our Rover upon the Fourth Rock from the Sun ?
    Said Rover sent from the Third Rock from the Sun ?
    Incredible, amazing, and very very cool.

    Careful Ulysses.

    Fair Winds and Following Seas,
    Rover Onward !!

  • wayne

    looks to be a composite creation; Rover Curiosity self portrait + Milky Way European Southern Observatory imagery, from 2013-ish.

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