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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 state of water on the Moon

Link here. The article describes new research that suggests the ice thought to exist in the Moon’s permanently shadowed polar craters is constantly being reworked, with some being leached away as other processes (comets, solar wind) replenish the losses.

They also theorize that this process might be making it easier to reach that water.

For forthcoming science and exploration, the scattering of water particles could be great news. It means astronauts may need not to subject themselves and their instruments to the harsh environment of shadowed crater floors in order to find water-rich soil — they could just find it in sunny regions nearby. “This research is telling us that meteoroids are doing some of the work for us and transporting material from the coldest places to some of the boundary regions where astronauts can access it with a solar-powered rover,” Hurley said.

To put it mildly, there is a lot of uncertainty about this last conclusion.

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One comment

  • Max

    I believe the statement of meteor impacts spreading water to other locations causing the moisture to boil away and sublimate deeper into the lunar regulith soil in easier to find locations it’s probably a sound theory that can be easily verified with a drill. It could result in just a trace, or an entire frozen world covered in meteorite dust under the surface…

    If true, a bulldozer could push the top few inches exposing heat to the permafrost allowing the moisture to sublimate to the nearest insulated cold spot.
    The permafrost could be mined, scooped into a closed system hotbox were the frozen gases will boil and be 100% recovered returning the dry dirt to the hole.

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