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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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Scheduling conflicts at ISS delay Starliner unmanned demo flight till May

NASA and Boeing have been forced to again delay the second unmanned Starliner demo mission to ISS due to scheduling conflicts with Soyuz and Dragon missions in April, forcing the flight to slip to May.

A Russian Soyuz capsule is set for launch April 9 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan with two Russian cosmonauts and a U.S. astronaut. The Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft will dock with the space station about three hours after launch, and an outgoing three-person crew will depart and return to Earth on April 17.

SpaceX’s next Crew Dragon flight to the space station is set for launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida around April 20 with astronauts Shane Kimbrough, Megan McArthur, Akihiko Hoshide, and Thomas Pesquet. Their mission, known as Crew-2, will last about six months.

The four astronauts who flew to the station last November on the Crew-1 mission — aboard the Crew Dragon “Resilience” spacecraft — will return to Earth in late April or early May. Both docking ports capable of receiving the Boeing Starliner capsule will be occupied during the crew handover in late April.

They had hoped to launch on April 2nd, but I suspect strongly that Boeing and NASA are glad to have this extra time.

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2 comments

  • Dick Eagleson

    This delay until May should render the current Sept. estimate for the CFT test of Starliner with crew a dead letter, though Boeing and NASA will likely be in no hurry to make that official. The Crew-3 mission on a Dragon 2 is now scheduled for Oct. which means there won’t be a free docking port until Nov., given overlap with Crew-2. As a practical matter, that most likely pushes the Starliner CFT into 2022, which I and others have long predicted. How far into 2022 will be determined by how many, if any, unchecked boxes there are on the test card after the unmanned test in May. Even if Starliner CFT manages to fly in Nov. or Dec., though, it seems likely that SpaceX will launch the Crew-4 mission before Boeing gets to a first post-certification mission with a full crew aboard.

  • Ray Van Dune

    Former Boeing chief Jim McNerny very publicly made a bet with Elon Musk, about whose rocket would carry the first people to Mars! Maybe he can beg off paying up because he’s out of a job?! Ironic how often rich guys win bets, huh?

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