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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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Soyuz crew returns safely to Earth, despite radio problems

One of the two three-man crews on ISS have returned safely to Earth, despite an unexpected communciations blackout during their descent.

In related news, the Russians have slightly delayed the launch dates for the next manned flights to ISS, which also means that the next test flight of Falcon 9/Dragon will have to be delayed until 2012. Moreover, the Russians are once again balking at allowing Dragon to dock with ISS on this first flight.

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3 comments

  • Chris Kirkendall

    HUH??? Am I missing something?? Since when does RUSSIA get to dictate who can or can’t dock at the ISS? It’s called the INTERNATIONAL Space Station, not the Republic of Russia station. I’m open to hearing anyone’s explanation – as I said, maybe I’m missing something…

  • Joe2

    If you have the only crewed vehicle that can reach the ISS, you’d be suprised what you can dictate.

    On a more sreious note, does anyone have details on how this communications blackout differs from the expected ones during peak heating on re-entry? From the news accounts I have not been able to tell.

  • Chris Kirkendall

    Joe2 – you may be right about that. After making my comment, I was thinking, well, what can we really do about it, since we’re now going to have to rely on Soyuz to get our astronauts up there? They’re kind of in the driver’s seat right now. And they stand to lose a lot of $$ once we have a home-grown commercial co. (SpaceX & others…) who can do it – and probably cheaper to boot. So I’m sure they’re in no hurry to help us do that ! !

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