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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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Google takes over Moffett Field

The competition heats up: Google subsidiary Planetary Ventures has signed a $1 billion 60-year lease with NASA for use of Moffett Field in California.


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  • Tom Billings

    The named management company is “Planetary Ventures LLC”. Was “Planetary Resources” as a subsidiary a slip on your part, ….or have things changed there, without me hearing about it? I know Paige and Ericson are on the BoD, but last I heard they were independent of Google.

  • My mistake, now corrected. I misread, inserting “Resources” where I read “Ventures” since that is what my brain expected.

    As for whether this company is independent of Google, the news articles don’t seem to think so. They all describe it as a subsidiary of Google.

  • I think a few comments are in order.
    1. NASA Ames got saddled with management of Moffett Federal Airfield because the Navy (Moffett NAS) and Air Force (Onizuka AFB) pulled out due to base closures. As a result, management of the field then went to NASA’s budget.
    2. Through its subsidiary H211, Google offered in 2011 to pay to to re-skin the historic Hangar One; but NASA turned it down at the time. For additional insights, see

    In addition to Google’s proposal (i.e., Planetary Venture’s), a couple of other proposals were submitted with a view toward maintaining the aerospace legacy of Moffett Field while pointing toward the future. I hope and trust that Google is open to working with the small, inventive aerospace start-ups in the Silicon Valley area.

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