Conscious Choice cover

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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Lockheed Martin successfully powered up the first Orion capsule last week.

Lockheed Martin successfully powered up the first Orion capsule last week.

During the test, operators in the Test Launch and Control Center (TLCC) introduced software scripts to the crew module’s main control computers via thousands of wires and electrical ground support equipment. During this process, the foundational elements, or the “heart and brains” of the entire system were evaluated. The main computers received commands from the ground, knew where to send them, read the data from different channels, and successfully relayed electrical responses back to the TLCC. The crew module power systems will continue to undergo testing for six months as additional electronics are added to the spacecraft.

It is a good thing that NASA has finally gotten this far with this very expensive capsule. However, pay no attention to their claims that the capsule “is capable of taking humans farther into space than they’ve ever gone before.” Any long journey it takes will be quite limited in scope. Humans can’t really travel beyond lunar orbit in just a capsule. You need a real interplanetary spaceship for that, and Orion does not fit this bill.


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  • Pzatchok

    Why do I have the feeling this whole program is nothing more than government funded masturbation?

  • wodun

    Orion isn’t supposed to be used on its own. All the various plans I have seen also use some sort of hab.

  • Craig Beasley

    Wodun is correct, Orion was never meant to go very far by itself. But it is meant to go farther as a manned mission that Apollo did, as part of a larger spacecraft assembly. Right now, nobody has that capability, except on paper.

  • wodun

    The funny thing about it is one of the arguments for SLS is that in-orbit assembly in relation to smaller launchers is too risky and adds needless complications. But here we are with SLS and in-orbit assembly.

  • Pzatchok

    Is the habitat designed and or built yet?

    So what your saying it that this capsule is to do nothing more than carry people up to a habitat and bring them back down?
    Something we were doing with early 1960’s tech. And something we could do again with early 1960’s technology and materials.
    Except for the electronics they could have just used a over sized Apollo capsule and saved themselves about 10 billion in design and development costs. Money they could be using on building and designing this habitation module.
    Hell they could just hand the cash off to Bigalo and have them build the habitat. I bet it would be built and launched before this capsule is ready for manned flight.

  • ken anthony

    Assembly would be two rings with aligned bolt holes in it and an O ring. Docking is what they intend to do.

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