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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The first Juno picture of Jupiter from orbit

Juno's first picture in orbit

The Juno science team have released the first image since the spacecraft entered orbit around Jupiter. I have posted a cropped version on the right, showing only the moon Io. The full image shows Europa and Ganymede as well.

The image was taken from almost 3 million miles away, which accounts for its fuzziness. Expect much better pictures when the spacecraft dips down close in late August.

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5 comments

  • Localfluff

    Great! Galileo took this image of the Great Red Spot from about 1,500,000 km distance:
    http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/image/planetary/jupiter/gal_redspot_960822.jpg
    Juno will get 300 times closer!

    Io is the same size as our Moon, and at the same distance from Jupiter. We could see volcanic eruptions on the Moon with our naked eyes. I read somewhere that imaging of Io is planned. To me it is the visually most fantastic object in the Solar system. A yellow moon with constantly active sulfur volcanoes. It’s sad that no mission to it is even ever mentioned.

  • Alex

    Juno is at present 3.3 million miles away from Jupiter and will go out to 5 million miles before returning on its ellipse to Jupiter. S/C is “beneath” orbital planes of large moons and looks back from below. Its velocity is 8,990 miles/hour relative to Jupiter.

  • Localfluff

    Galileo had 0.5 degrees field of view while Junocam has something like 18 degrees. But 300 times closer still beats that. And with 20 years newer imaging technology. The great spot will look greater than ever.

  • wodun

    Can’t say it enough times, the animated gifs should be amazing.

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