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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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New evidence suggest lake once existed in Gale Crater

Scientists have concluded that mineral veins seen by Curiosity in Gale Crater were created when a lake existed there.

The study suggests that the veins formed as the sediments from the ancient lake were buried, heated to about 50 degrees Celsius and corroded. Professor John Bridges from the University of Leicester Department of Physics and Astronomy said: “The taste of this Martian groundwater would be rather unpleasant, with about 20 times the content of sulphate and sodium than bottled mineral water for instance!”

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3 comments

  • Localfluff

    Mars stinks like rotten eggs. I don’t think bottled Martian water will become a big seller on Earth (but who knows, people are crazy). It might however become a successful consumer product on the local Martian market, since it doesn’t have any competitors. You’ll get used to the stench and stop thinking about it, I understand this is how we react to sulfates, it numbs our nose. Just very surprising for your guests.

  • Phil Veerkamp

    Bob, I have sent the following email to the lead scientists who wrote this paper – – –
    http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/press/press-releases/2016/august/veins-on-mars-were-formed-by-evaporating-ancient-lakes

    Any bets on reply(s)?
    =================================
    Susanne and John,

    My name is Phillip Veerkamp.  I am a 72-year-old retired un-credentialed “astrobiology hobbyist”.  I have zero scientific reputation at stake.  I am absolutely free to jump to wild conclusions.

    In the past few days Curiosity has returned  pictures from at least two “brushed” rocks from the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) images for Sol 1416 – http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/raw/?s=1416&camera=MAHLI

    AND:

    Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) images for Sol 1418 – http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/raw/?s=1418&camera=MAHLI

    My meager geology training says that there is one and ONLY one explanation for naturally occurring fibers in mudstone – BIOLOGICAL.

    I say we are looking at an ancient Martian “peat bog” [rough analogue].

    What say you?  J

    I do not expect you guys to risk your reputations through casual speculation, but can you comment? . . . safely?

    Kindest regards,

    Phil Veerkamp

  • You might get a reply, but it will be something likely along the lines that we doubt that is the case, but we are looking at these features very closely. And I would not expect them to say much more than that, at this point, if that.

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