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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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Kennedy Space Center prepares for hurricane

In preparation for the possibility of Hurricane Dorian’s arrival next week, the Kennedy Space Center is shutting down, including moving the giant mobile launcher vehicle, with the SLS launch tower on it, indoors to protect both.

The agency on Wednesday moved its hulking Apollo-era crawler-transporter out to Launch Complex 39B in order to bring the massive Mobile Launcher inside for the storm. That deployment must be made promptly because the crawler-transporter travels at just 1 mph (1.6 km/h).

The launch tower itself is 400 feet (122 meters) tall, which makes it a clear hazard in the high winds of a hurricane. NASA decided today (Aug. 29) that Dorian is threatening enough to merit moving the launch tower into Kennedy’s cavernous 52-story Vehicle Assembly Building for safety.

Their caution makes sense. Expect NASA to also announce that this two week delay in work will cause them several months more in delays to the SLS program. That has been their pattern over the years.

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3 comments

  • Diane Wilson

    The Vehicle Assembly Building was designed to withstand only a cat 3 hurricane. But any port in a storm….

    I’ve been through a cat 5 storm. My best wishes for everyone and everything to stay safe, alive, uninjured, and unbent through the storm.

  • David K

    My guess at this point is that the SLS flies just after Elon Musk sets foot on Mars, personally. Not as the first person on Mars mind you, maybe like the hundredth, and in 2050.

    That said I may be too optimistic, about SLS.

  • Cotour

    Bill Whittle, NASA nerd? Who knew?

    https://youtu.be/Q1KLPVVtNmc

    One point, and you high IQ space nerds please check me on this. If an asteroid was wrangled and the materials, iron, nickle etc. were to be mined and usable materials were to be manufactured in space to build a massive space station, those materials and their price or value would not have any effect on the prices of those materials / commodities that were produced on earth.

    The value of the assets in space would be what they would be in space and their value and wealth would be determined by a market both here on earth and space. But unless these materials are brought from space to the earth and the earth commodity market in massive quantities, and I do not know how that would realistically be done without them burning up in the atmosphere, then there would exist two seperate markets for these commodities.

    Q: What would be the method for bringing these very dense (Iron, nickle, titanium, aluminum (?) what ever) and heavy space commodoties down to earth in any quantites that would make a difference to the commodity markets for them here on earth?

    In my thinking the market price of these usable raw commodities here on earth would be seperate from those mined and processed and produced in space. The wealth and value would acrue in bank accounts here on earth, but the coomodoty markets and prices would remain seperate. (?)

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