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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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If ISS becomes unmanned, the first test of Dragon will also be delayed

More possible consequences if ISS becomes unmanned: the first test of Dragon will be delayed.

An unmanned ISS will also delay the first launch in February of Orbital Sciences Cyngus cargo vehicle, as this vehicle is like Dragon in that it requires astronauts on board ISS to control the robot arm that grabs and berths the spacecraft.

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3 comments

  • Joe2

    The delay in the Dragon Cargo Launch would be because the Dragon must berth (not dock). That is it must be grappled by the ISS Arm (run by onboard crew) and “plugged in” to a berthing port.

    As I understand it a Dragon Crew Vehicle would use the same process.

    Question: If the ISS were totally dependent on the Dragon for crew transport (as some would like) and the ISS had to be temporarily de-crewed for whatever reason; how would you get a crew back onboard?

  • Kelly Starks

    > Question: If the ISS were totally dependent on the Dragon for crew transport (as some would like)
    > and the ISS had to be temporarily de-crewed for whatever reason; how would you get a crew back onboard?

    Spacewalk?

    Likely you couldn’t. You’ld need to have the Russians restore it with a Soyuz. After its up and operating, the american craft could come up. Wouldn’t that be degrading.

    As to the Dragon test – not much point testing a system to support a station your abandoning.

  • omg the station is a kind of a monstrosity . and also , damn! space is dangerous . dare i say too dangerous for the government to handle . i wonder if whenever the dates of these plans change they have to re-file hundreds of forms and get them all approved all over again . thats how it goes sometimes with nat gas drilling ^

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