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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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Japanese private rocket launch terminates early due of communication failure

Capitalism in space: The first launch of the first privately-built and funded Japanese suborbital rocket was terminated early today because of a communications failure.

The rocket’s developers, Interstellar Technologies, said they aborted the launch after about 80 seconds and it landed about 8 kilometers (5 miles) offshore. The aim had been to launch the rocket, called “Momo,” to an altitude of 100 kilometers (62 miles), but it only traveled about 30-40 kilometers (19-25 miles).

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3 comments

  • Edward

    You have accidentally linked to the Moon Express article rather than the Interstellar Technologies one.

  • Edward

    From the article: “The launch of a rocket by a private Japanese venture was cut short after liftoff Sunday due to a communications failure.

    This is one of the reasons why there was so much doubt that commercial space companies in the US could be successful. More than just the rocket has to work, a lot on the ground has to work, too. When NASA signed the initial Commercial Orbital Transportation Services contracts, only Orbital Sciences had been a successful commercial rocket operator, and that was with small rockets.

    Guidance, navigation, and control also have to work, once in orbit. SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft had a minor glitch in GNC, earlier this year, causing a one-day delay in the delivery of cargo to the ISS. This was another area of concern to those who thought that commercial space companies would be unable to accomplish much in space.

    This lack of confidence in capabilities was why finding funding was difficult in the early days of commercial space companies. Now that non-governmental entities are having successes in launching, navigating, and rendezvous there is more confidence in commercial space.

    This is Japan’s first try with commercial rockets, and it is going about as well as early US attempts. I think the Japanese are on their way to having their own commercial rockets. If Interstellar Technologies has its way, she will eventually have her own commercial rockets carrying passengers for space travel.

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