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.


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Starship prototype #11 launch attempt today-SCRUBBED

Starship #11 on launchpad, March 26, 2021
Screen capture from LabPadre Nerdle camera live stream,
taken at 8:30 am (Pacific).

UPDATE: The test flight has been scrubbed for today, March 26th. They have not yet indicated why they scrubbed, or when they will try again.

Original post:
Though SpaceX has not yet announced whether it will live stream the event, the company is going to attempt a six-mile flight of its eleventh Starship prototype today.

The following live streams are presently available if you wish to watch:

I will add other live streams as they become available. And if If SpaceX adds its own live stream I will embed it below.

UPDATE: SpaceX has now announced that it will live feed today’s Starship test flight. I will embed that broadcast below, when it goes live.


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  • V-Man

    Other live streams:

    Marcus House –
    What About It – (he’s playing with a giant 3D-printed model of a Raptor right now, keen!)

    Surprised that Everyday Astronaut is not online…

  • V-Man: It appears these two live streams are simply using the LabPadre feed.

  • mrsizer

    Just to be sure I understand, Starship is not really intended to launch itself into orbit, right? It’s meant be the payload on a Falcon Heavy.

    This is basically testing a super-big crew capsule. Nominally, if it flies on its own on the way up, it’s the launch abort system. It is intended to land – and then get put on top of another (or even the same!) Falcon Heavy for the next trip up.

    This is also the Raptor engine test-bed, which means the Falcon Heavy should (hopefully) have a short test cycle because any Raptor problems are being worked out here/now.


  • mrsizer: Starship is the upper stage, yes. However, its lower stage is not Falcon Heavy, but Super Heavy, which is being developed also at Boca Chica.

  • Jeff Wright

    Super-Heavy, not Starship is what is aimed at SLS.

    It is hard to tell a rocket’s size due to them always being framed up well. Having someone in a rocket garden, and having same person at Boca might help. Starship is about as tall and wider than the entire Soyuz/R-7 launch vehicle stack!

  • It appears the wings (fins?) on the upper stage are more closely folded against the body than previous versions. Would appreciated commentary from the experts.

  • mrsizer


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