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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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NASA moves up static fire test of SLS core stage

NASA today announced that it has rescheduled the full duration static fire engine test of the core stage of SLS’s first stage, moving it up one day to this coming Saturday, January 16th.

During the test, engineers will power up all the core stage systems, load more than 700,000 gallons of cryogenic, or supercold, propellant into the tanks and fire all four engines at the same time.

If all goes right, that test will last about 8 minutes, the full time those engines are intended to fire during launch.

For SLS a lot rides on this test. Should anything go wrong, it will likely delay the launch, presently scheduled for November (though there are rumors this date is no longer likely). And since we now have a new administration taking power that is also linked politically with the previous Obama administration that was generally uninterested in SLS, a failure during this test could very well signal the death knell for this vastly over-budget and far behind schedule project.

For SLS to survive, this test must succeed, and fire for its full duration.

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6 comments

  • David Eastman

    Dare we hope that NASA is capable of rubbing two neurons together, and there will be a livestream of this event?

  • David Eastman

    Side note: apparently they began stacking of the Artemis 1 SRB elements a few days ago. There is a hard limit of one year on how long those can remain stacked before they have to be disassembled and rebuilt. So either it launches before next January, or it faces a delay that I would have to think would kill the program at last.

  • David Eastman: If your source is correct and stacking of the solid rockets has begun, than that makes it even more imperative that this core stage test goes flawlessly. They have no margin for any issues.

  • john hare

    Two to one there are enough anomalies in the test to slide the schedule to the right.

  • David Eastman

    I actually realized after making that comment that I had gotten the information from non-public sources and might have made an oopsie. But here is a comment to an article on ArsTechnica today with a photo showing the boosters getting stacked in the VAB, so it’s confirmed.

    https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/01/spacex-hot-fire-tests-its-starship-vehicle-three-times-in-four-hours/?comments=1&post=39572851

  • A. Nonymous

    Spoiler: It didn’t.

    Now what? The announcer was reading off the script like the next step, no matter what, was to ship it and launch it. Who makes that call, and will it wind up being a political decision by the Glorious Leader’s new Administration?

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