Conscious Choice cover

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.


Available everywhere for $3.99 (before discount) at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all ebook vendors, or direct from the ebook publisher, ebookit. And if you buy it from ebookit you don't support the big tech companies and I get a bigger cut much sooner.

South Korea’s new Nuri rocket fails during first launch

The new colonial movement: South Korea’s new Nuri rocket, that country’s first homegrown rocket, failed during launch early today when the payload did not reach its proper orbit.

It appears that the third stage shut down prematurely.

They plan to try again in May ’22.

For a first launch attempt this was actually a large success. Getting the first and second stages to work properly is generally the hardest part of any rocket launch.


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  • Mark

    I applaud any and all Space Technology advances from the 12 countries that are part of the Artemis Accords.

    Below are the Artemis Countries. I listed them in order from high to low in regards to their present Space Tech capabilities based from what I’ve read here on BtB. Let me know if you would rank differently.

    * United States
    * Japan
    * Republic of Korea
    * United Kingdom
    * Italy
    * Canada
    * New Zealand
    * Australia
    * Ukraine
    * Brazil
    * UAE
    * Luxembourg

    Hopefully we’ll see India joining this year also.

  • David Eastman

    The reporting on this has been awful, with some articles saying “didn’t reach orbit” and others saying “reached orbit, but not the correct one.” It looks like the latter answer is correct, and a lot of reporters just not realizing that there is a distinction to be made.

    The KSLV-II is an interesting launcher, it looks like they set themselves a design goal of something reasonable for their first launcher, and then made every attempt to keep it simple and cheap. Hopefully they’ll find some good customers for it to support their program going forward to bigger and better things.

  • David Eastman: From what I have gathered, it reached orbit but one so low that it has or will very quickly decay and burn up. This I think is what has led to the confusion.

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