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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 SpaceShipTwo first flight delayed until 2016

In the heat of competion: Virgin Galactic has now conceded that there will not be any test flights of their new SpaceShipTwo ship in 2015.

The company is now promising that commercial flights will follow the 2016 test program in 2017. Wanna bet?

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3 comments

  • Willi Kusche

    No clouds in your crystal ball on this one!

  • pzatchok

    If its still using a hybrid engine it will never carry a paying passenger.

  • Edward

    Doug Messier’s article was not so optimistic, either.

    I suspect that Virgin Galactic will use their original fuel — allowing only the disappointing 50-mile altitude — and continue experimenting with other fuels or engines so that later they can get to higher, more desirable altitudes. They seem to be under a lot of pressure from financiers and passengers to get a safe ride operational sooner rather than later, and using the disappointing — but understood — fuel would be the best and safest option, right now.

    Whether they can finish their test regimen inside of 12 months is a good question, and it probably depends upon all tests going well, without any requirements for modifications to the craft.

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