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November 23, 2022 Quick space links

Courtesy of Jay, BtB’s stringer, trolling Tweeter so you don’t have to.




  • Ground-based images of ISS and Tiangong-3, side-by-side
  • Jay correctly notes, “The scale is off, the picture shows Tiangong-3 as larger than what it is.” Comparing the Russian modules on ISS with Tiangong-3’s modules, I estimate that Tiangong-3 is about 30% smaller than shown.




  • UK to build the new lander for ESA’s Franklin Mars rover
  • The launch of this long delayed rover is now targeting ’28. It was originally supposed to launch in ’20, was first delayed until ’22 because of parachute issues, then was delayed again when Europe and Russia ended their space partnership due to the Ukraine War.

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Now available in hardback and paperback as well as ebook!


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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  • Jeff Wright

    “Donkey-hote'” is clearly GSE Hound with squire who used the Boring Co. to burrow through the Burough for their borrowed burro…

    signed-Victor Borga:-)

  • Diane E Wilson

    Considering that every Starship and booster that SpaceX has built has been a prototype, yes, they are all prototypes. I believe that the Starship on the left is number 15, the one that landed. The others are numbers 20 (static fired, but not flown) and 21 (never tested, may have parts from 22). The booster is Booster 5, never tested and never fitted with engines. Booster 8 will probably be there soon (also untested). I’m not sure where booster 4 is now, unless 5 got scrapped and that’s 4 on the rocket garden.

    They will probably get scrapped at some point, but SpaceX doesn’t seem to put a priority on scrapping old prototypes, until they run out of places to park them.

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