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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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Funding breakdown for three lunar landing contracts

Capitalism in space: The contracts awarded by NASA yesterday to build manned lunar landers totaled almost a billion dollars, distributed as follows:

  • Blue Origin: $579 million
  • Dynetics: $253 million
  • SpaceX: $135 million

That Blue Origin got the biggest amount might have to do with the bid’s subcontractors, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. This gives these traditional big space partners, who normally rely on these kinds of government contracts and have little ability to make money outside them, some financing. This will also please their political backers in Congress.

For SpaceX, this is the first time they have taken any government money in connection with Starship. It also appears that NASA is going to stay back and generally let SpaceX develop it without undue interference.

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2 comments

  • Jay

    Thanks for the link Bob.
    Reading more on Blue Origin’s design: Blue Origin will be making the descent stage, Lockheed-Martin will make a reusable ascent stage, and Northrop will make the transfer stage. They need a transfer stage to move up and down from the high orbit of the Gateway to low orbit and back.

    Not much info on Dynetics’ design. Looks like the whole thing will go up and down. They do have Sierra Nevada as a sub contractor.

    Seeing that image of SpaceX’s Starship on the Moon reminded me of George Pal’s movie “Destination Moon”.

  • Scott M.

    I like this for a couple of reasons.

    1) It gives NASA’s ‘stamp of approval’ for Starship, or at the very least shows that NASA is keeping a close eye on SS development with an eye towards using it in the future.

    2) The funding for SpaceX is only for development of the ‘lunar lander’ variant. It isn’t on the critical path for SS, so it doesn’t give NASA a ‘nose in the tent’ except for specific technologies. Otherwise my fear would be NASA would start larding up SS with conflicting requirements and we’d wind up with another STS all over again.

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