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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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SLS likely facing another launch delay

Engineers for NASA’s SLS rocket have determined that they need to replace the flight controller on one of the engines in the rocket’s core stage, an action that will likely force a delay from the presently scheduled February launch date.

After performing a series of inspections and troubleshooting, engineers determined the best course of action is to replace the engine controller, returning the rocket to full functionality and redundancy while continuing to investigate and identify a root cause. NASA is developing a plan and updated schedule to replace the engine controller while continuing integrated testing and reviewing launch opportunities in March and April.

It appears they hope to make this change-out quickly and only have to delay one or two months, though at the moment it is also unclear this will be possible.


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  • Scott M.

    For a moment I was confused b/c I thought SLS was supposed to launch this month, but then I realized I was thinking of the Webb Telescope…you know, the OTHER hideously overschedule and overbudget NASA boondoggle. :D

  • JhonB

    “NASA is developing a plan and updated schedule to replace the engine controller”……SpaceX would have it ripped apart by now. The plan would be” replace the part and start now”
    The real plan: Lets see how much we can add to the bill. When you own a boat you alsays said BOAT Stood for “Break Out Another Thousland” With SLs it would be Break out another Billion.

  • geoffc

    Gee, SpaceX installed 29 engines in 14 hours.

    NASA will take a month to change a component (An important one, and no doubt non-trivial to change) on a single engine.

    Hmm… Which seems like a more sustainable model? I wonder…

  • Jeff Wright

    SLS has a lower part count. Boeing needs its own Musk. Now I hear he may want to step down from Tesla (good) and SpaceX (bad) to be an “influencer.”


  • Michael

    They ought to switch WEB to a SLS launch. That way their delays can cover for each other.

  • pzatchok


    Its bit BOAT break out another thousand.

    Its close with Break out another billion.
    But it would be better if it was Break Out Others Billions.

  • Ray Van Dune

    Why don’t they seek the advice of Sen. Elizabeth Warren? She seems to understand how American innovation works… pay more taxes so the government has more to piss away.

  • Ray Van Dune

    “SpaceX would have it ripped apart by now.”

    Well only if the Foreman was there. If it was an off-shift and the Assistant Foreman was in charge, he would have correctly phoned the Foreman first, and then had it torn down.

  • Calvin Dodge

    “SLS likely facing another launch delay”

    This is the “dog bites man” of space stories.

  • Its bit BOAT break out another thousand.

    Except when Congress is involved these days, that is an acronym for Break Out Another Trillion.

  • Col Beausabre

    Michael, My thoughts exactly. They deserve one another

    Jester – OUCH!! The truth in those words is painful.

    I can remember aviation writer Bill Gunston quoting a senator on an Air Force contract, “We will never again have $20 million airplanes!”

    Gunston’s comment, “The senator was absolutely correct. Never again was an aircraft so cheap”

  • Patrick Underwood

    Deceptive advertising, explicitly Woke goals.

    “SLS will be the most powerful rocket in the world and is the only rocket that can send Orion, astronauts, and supplies to the Moon in a single mission. With the Artemis missions, NASA will land the first woman and the first person of color on the Moon and establish long-term exploration in preparation for missions to Mars.”

  • Questioner

    Patrick Underwood

    I’m really so disappointed that NASA is so lagging behind the Woke reality. So who cares about the first woman and the first colored person on the moon? I would have expected that the first transgender woman would be brought to the moon, but she must have previously been a world-famous male astronaut and must be married now to another transgender woman. That would be the least, wouldn’t it?

  • David M. Cook

    Of course SLS has a lower parts count, the damned thing uses solid rockets! Only stupid designers (or NASA) put solids on manned boosters! They vibrate too much, make too much noise, and you can‘t shut them off or throttle them!

  • Col Beausabre

    From the financial blog Motley Fool

    “At an estimated $1.55 billion in cost per launch, and $209 billion total over its 30-year history, the U.S. Space Shuttle program was easily NASA’s most expensive project since the Apollo Moon Program — but NASA’s next project is going to make it look like a bargain. Two years ago, an investigation by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) estimated that each time NASA launches its new Space Launch System (SLS), taxpayers will ante up “over $2 billion.”
    As it turns out, OMB was being optimistic.”

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