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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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High altitude tourist balloon company, Space Perspective, raises $40 million

Capitalism in space: The Florida-based high altitude tourist balloon company, Space Perspective, has successfully secured $40 million in investment capital funding, which the company says will be sufficient for them to begin flights by 2024.

Unlike other space-tourism companies, Space Perspective isn’t relying on rockets to send passengers to space. Instead, it will use a balloon to carry its roomy pressurized “Spaceship Neptune” capsule up to 100,000 feet before gently coming back down to Earth and splashing down in the Gulf of Mexico.

Each trip is expected to last about six hours with about two hours at the 100,000-foot mark.

They say their ticket price will be $125,000, which is far less than the suborbital space missions of Blue Origin or Virgin Galactic, but significantly more than the $50,000 that the other U.S. high altitude balloon company, Arizona-based Worldview, says it will charge for similar flights.

Nonetheless, the company’s CEO says they have already booked 25 flights.


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  • At altitude for 2 hours, rather than a few minutes, for less than a new Porsche? Heck, yeah. No, you don’t get to say you’re an ‘astronaut’, but the view is about the same, It is what it is: a high-altitude balloon ride. But 125k is an attractive price to many,

  • Questioner

    Blair Ivey:

    The question is what is more important: 1. The view of the earth, especially of the thin atmosphere, or 2. The experience of weightlessness?

    For “Captain Kirk” it was obviously the former, the experience of the difference between the black nothingness and home earth. I guess that applies to most people. Those who are looking for the sporty element of weightlessness can book parabolic flights in a jet aircraft for about $ 5,000.

    As for the balloon flight, I would like to go a little higher. Unmanned balloons have reached a height of 50 km.

  • Questioner

    Correction : replace “height” by “altitude”

  • Questioner: I understand the intent, but a 50km-high balloon would be an attraction in itself.

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