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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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SpaceX successfully launches 53 Starlink satellites

Capitalism in space: SpaceX this morning successfully used its Falcon 9 rocket to send another 53 Starlink satellites into orbit.

The first stage completed its fifth mission, landing on the drone ship.

The leaders in the 2022 launch race:

21 SpaceX
15 China
6 Russia
3 Rocket Lab
2 ULA

The U.S. now leads China 29 to 15 in the national rankings, and the entire world combined 29 to 24.

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4 comments

  • geoffc

    This booster was interesting, B1052, since its first two flights were as Falcon Heavy side booster. Then three launches as standalone Falcon 9.

    And it apparently slated to be turned back into a F-H side core for a launch this summer in August with its old buddy side booster that was never changed.

    This does seem to suggest that the side cores are pretty much regular Falcon 9’s with minimal changes.

  • sippin_bourbon

    I get the impression there is little difference between side boosters, core boosters and stand alone F9s.

    The flight profiles may be slightly different, but I am thinking that is managed with software.

  • rico

    Do we have data for “total mass to orbit” in addition to the launch count? Always wondered who was actually putting more stuff into space.

  • geoffc

    How about this site for tracking mass to orbit, at least for SpaceX…
    Over 1.2 million kilos by SpaceX so far.

    https://rocketstats.app/falcon9

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