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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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Success for New Shepard launch abort test

The competition heats up: Blue Origin’s New Shepard capsule not only successfully rocketed away from its propulsion module and landed safely, the propulsion module unexpectedly survived today’ launch abort test and landed vertically as well.

This was the fifth flight of the propulsion module, which with the capsule will now be retired and placed on display.

Below the fold is the video of the entire test flight, including countdown and several long holds. The actual launch is at 1:06:19.

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5 comments

  • Joe

    Sweet success! Great video!

  • m d mill

    The commentators claimed a retro fire would reduce capsule speed to 3 mph at touchdown,
    then blithely ignored the 15 mph hit.
    Everything is perfect to a paid mouthpiece…it just irritates me.

  • m d mill: I would have to agree with you. The spokeswoman said that retro rockets would fire just before impact, and as far as I could tell, they did not. This failure is not critical, because I think that no one in the capsule would have been hurt by a 15 mph landing, but it does mean they have some issues they still need to resolve.

  • Localfluff

    I think it is the rockets firing that blows up the dust. As far as I have read about it, they did fire and could’ve reduced the speed to 3 mph.

  • m d mill

    After careful review , I was wrong!
    There does appear to be a slowdown(of the visible tip of the capsule) at the very last second, creating more dust than a simple impact would have created.
    mea culpa…

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