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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 obtained for 648-satellite internet constellation

The competition heats up: A commercial effort to build a 648 constellation of satellites to provide worldwide intenet access has secured funding from Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and Qualcom.

Not surprisingly, Branson was immediately saying that his LauncherOne concept will be launching many of these satellites, though I think he’s got to get it built and tested first.

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2 comments

  • Cotour

    I think Bransons terrestrial successes, and he has been very successful, in music and established travel and air technology does not quite yet seem to square with this next gen level of space travel. Showmanship only goes so far in space, can he catch up after his setbacks?

    Am I off base here?

  • PeterF

    Looks to me like Elon Musk is about to open a new business opportunity and revenue stream. I doubt that manufacture costs of the constellation will exceed the budget. (If you budget $1.000, final delivered cost just happens to be $998) I’ve always maintained that a motivated machinist could build a satellite in the garage (like Steve Jobs building computers) The incredibly high costs of current orbiting hardware is driven by the insistence on six sigma reliability driven by the high launch costs. The reusable falcon nine will make it cost effective to accept a higher failure rate. Why spend the money for a Bugatti when you can buy 10 Corvettes that will meet your needs better?

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