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The Proton rocket is now grounded pending an investigation into today’s launch failure.

The Proton rocket is now grounded pending an investigation into today’s launch failure.

This is no surprise. What is more significant is that the crash today will likely delay all launches out of Baikonur for at least three months.

[C]ontamination will likely suspend activities at Baikonur Cosmodrome for two or three months, Ria Novosti reported, citing an unnamed source within the Russian space industry. The launch of a robotic Progress cargo ship to the International Space Station from Baikonur, currently scheduled for July 27, will probably be delayed as a result, according to this source. The next manned launch from Baikonur is Soyuz 36, which is slated to blast off on Sept. 25 to take three new crewmembers to the International Space Station.

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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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  • Tim

    This, unfortunately, is one of many valid reasons to continue to push for American Co’s to get our (and others) astronauts into space.
    Vehicles such as Dragon Rider – Spacex :) and boeings CTS-100 capsule and blue origins lynx.
    Although I’m partial to Spacex, competition is a job creator and $ maker for our country and the Proud Americans building and even funding, not to mention the joy of seeing a successful outcome. I cannot see why the government would not desire this. $$?!… @ $70-80 million a ride on Soyuz for US astronauts, we are wasting $$!! Hell, a vehicle built buy the US would cost polly less than $200 million!! And if we charge a lil fee for foreign ‘nauts to hotch a ride, that’ll increase profit. Say we can take 7 up to ISS and 2 are native and 5 are foreign and we charge, say,$30 million for ea foreigner , that’ll be $150 million! And if it cost$200 mill to build, hmmm. It covers a Lott of the expense for manufacturing. Raise the tix price to $50 mill and u get a net of +$50 million!!!!

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