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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 another sixty Starlink satellites

Falcon 9 today, with booster on 7th flight

SpaceX this morning successfully launched another 60 Starlink satellites, bringing the total number in orbit to more than 1,500.

The first stage, on its seventh flight, successfully landed on the drone ship. During SpaceX’s live stream they noted that every launch by the company this year has used a previously flown first stage. Both fairings on this flight were also reused.

The leaders in the 2021 launch race:

10 SpaceX
7 China
5 Russia
2 Rocket Lab

The U.S. now leads China 14 to 7 in the national rankings.

I have embedded SpaceX’s live stream below the fold. Because of the clear weather this was a particularly beautiful launch. The video during the landing of the first stage was especially spectacular, with the camera on the booster showing the entire landing.

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7 comments

  • Skunk Bucket

    Watching these launches hasn’t gotten old for me, though I suppose it might be considered a good thing if it did. I’m really looking forward to the day when Starship / Super Heavy launches become as routine as airline flights. Go Elon!

  • mkent

    A little premature. While it will probably be successful, the mission is not over yet. The satellites haven’t even deployed.

  • mkent

    OK. *Now* it’s a successful mission. Congratulations to SpaceX.

  • William Frumkin

    Ten launches in 3 months! All with reused first stages.
    And I think Elon has launched more satellites than any single country, ever.
    Starlink working great.

    I just hope he is not planning to broadcast the Sacred Cows song to mind control all of us/sarc

  • Doubting Thomas

    I think I shall never get tired of watching the Falcon 9 first stage landings on the barge or on a pad. Today’s landing was particularly fun to see the barge below the incoming first stage. They truly revolutionized the satellite / spacecraft launch business in a very short time on the aerospace scale.

    Rooting for Starship and Super Heavy future flights

  • Jeff Wright

    I wish Elon could go back in time a century with his tech. Imagine where we would be now!

    A passing thought: to counter LockMart, he should build a mag-ramp as large as possible like those called for HTOHL systems. He’d never use it himself-so as to stay true to VTOVL-but he could charge rent and demand free rides.

  • wayne

    mkent–
    –once they crash the 2nd stage into nacy pelosi’s well stocked refrigerator , then the mission is officially over.

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