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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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“Long-term budget pressures on NASA mount.”

Why SLS will surely die: “Long-term budget pressures on NASA mount.”

Whether the cheaper, more efficient, and competitive commercial space program will survive remains unknown. It could be that our brilliant Congress, which wants SLS, will keep that very expensive program alive just long enough to choke the life out of the commercial space program. Then, with the government part of private space dead from lack of support, they will suddenly be faced with the gigantic bill from the NASA-built SLS and will, as they have done repeatedly during the past four decades, blanch at paying the actually construction and launch costs, and will kill that too.


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  • Kelly Starks

    Given COTS/CRS has proven much more expensive then advertized, lower quality, and a dead end for the agency – only its political crony connections in Washington support it.

    Also webb is pricy, and not as high a stated priority as SLS, so its much more vulnerable.

  • JohnHunt

    Kelly, Might agree with CRS, but how do you figure COTS is pricey? A NASA study showed that the F9 was developed at 1/3 the cost than had it been done the FAR way.

  • Kelly Starks

    A nit, but the study was BS, it always cost NASA 100 times more to develop similar boosters and capsules. Commercial programs would cost tens of times more then spaceX, even ellette teams like Rutan or the Skunk works would cost several times more. Course you get what you pay for.

    Pricey in that the total cost per pound to the station was 20% above that of the Shuttle.

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