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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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Nissan reveals prototype lunar rover

Capitalism in space: Nissan today unveiled its first prototype design of an unmanned lunar rover, built for the Japanese space agency JAXA.

Nissan Motor Co. unveiled Thursday a prototype of a lunar rover co-developed with Japan’s space exploration agency that will employ the automaker’s motor control technology to maneuver across the Moon’s loose terrain. The automaker said it aims to make the rover capable of traversing the undulating Moon surface smoothly by applying technology developed for use in its roadgoing electric vehicles such as the Leaf and Ariya.

The picture of the prototype at the link is, to put it mildly, not impressive. It uses rubber tires, and is really nothing more than a control box attached to four tires.

JAXA apparently also has Toyota working on a competitive project. The competition should therefore eventually produce something worthwhile.

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2 comments

  • Max

    I’m unimpressed, a child’s wagon would be more stable, A prototype similar to a electric motorcycle four wheeler was what I was expecting.
    Any college student involved in robot wars could do better.
    The wheels with the exposed wiring should’ve been attached directly to the control box would been far more stable, lighter, better protected, lower center of gravity with more maneuverability and less likely to break a wheel off like the one that is bending in the right front of the picture.
    It would seem a independent suspension is too much to ask for? It looks like it would have difficulty maneuvering down a smooth hallway without rocks, let alone a stairwell. And those tires are off-the-shelf? What would happen if you take them from a 250° oven and drop them in liquid nitrogen? (The moon is 300° below zero at night)

    A South Korean car company just bought out this company featured on 60 minutes, perhaps they should give it a try. 13min Boston dynamics.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Ns__YpRneBA&pp=QAFIAQ%3D%3D
    Could you just imagine Elon musks starship landing on the moon, then all these robots start dancing on the surface while a Tesla truck self drives around in the background? (how do you upstage an interplanetary astronaut in a Tesla?)

    The Chinese have already produced an army of knock offs…
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NK0awoO9wQI

  • Col Beausabre

    I’ll buy a Honda, thank you

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