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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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The launch of two satellites to study the Van Allen radiation belts has been delayed again, this time due to weather.

The launch of two satellites to study the Van Allen radiation belts has been delayed again, this time due to weather.


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  • Chris Kirkendall

    Just got back from Cocoa Beach (just down the road from the Cape) for some beach fun & boogie boarding, left early because of weather from TS Isaac. I planned it for this past week to coincide with the Atlas V launch & got up early both Fri & Sat & was sorely disappointed it didn’t go. The beaches all up & down the area were full of people for the launch – really surprised me to see so many folks willing to get up well before dawn for a non-manned launch ! This tells me interest & support for the space program are still very high. Everyone I talked to was very upset with this Admin’s obvious “lack of interest” (to put it mildly) in spaceflight…

  • Chris Kirkendall

    Wow – thanks for that, Bob – I must’ve missed that article on the shuttle launch. I’m so sorry I was never in or near FL when a shuttle (or any manned) launch took place. As an avid follower & supporter of the Space Program, I should’ve made a special trip at some point. I think we got a bit jaded by the regularity of manned spaceflight & how sort of “routine” it seemed & kind of assumed there’d always be another launch to catch later. Now that there are NO manned flights to look forward to, I’m suddenly acutely aware of what I’ve missed. But with the recent success of SpaceX’s Falcon/Dragon & the coming launch of Orion & other COTS program vehicles, maybe we’ll have a crewed launch to look forward to in the not-too-distant future…

    Of course, living fairly far from KSC, if I make the trip & the launch is posponed (as just happened with the Atlas V launch), there’s not much opportunity to return for the reschedule. Anyway, thanks again for this – proves that YES, there really is still a LOT of support for Space exploration…

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