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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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Turkey to do lunar mission, send astronaut into space

The new colonial movement: Turkey’s leader, Tayyip Erdogan, announced yesterday a new space exploration initiative that will include sending an unmanned probe to the Moon as well as flying an astronaut into space.

“The first rough landing will be made on the moon with our national and authentic hybrid rocket that shall be launched into orbit in the end of 2023 through international cooperation,” Erdogan said, detailing a two-phase mission. Erdogan did not elaborate further on the cooperation. Last month, Erdogan spoke to Tesla and SpaceX boss Elon Musk on possible cooperation in space technologies with Turkish companies.

Speaking in an event in Ankara, Erdogan announced a programme with 10 strategic goals including sending a Turkish citizen to a scientific mission in space.

The manned mission will not be flown by Turkey, but will be purchased from someone else, either Russia or SpaceX or Boeing maybe even China.

The timing of this announcement, the same day the UAE’s Al-Amal probe entered Mars’ orbit, suggests it was prompted by that success, and is an example of keeping up with the Joneses. Whether there is any reality to these proposals however remains to be seen.

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2 comments

  • Jeff Wright

    Buy a modified Soyuz and have a Proton launch a Podsaka type hypergolic upper stage used for insertion into a Zond type circumlunar thump, like Mark Wade -and Space Advenures?-talked about doing years ago. I am surprized this hasn’t been done already-skimming a few km above the surface as a stunt.

  • Edward

    Jeff Wright,
    One of the exciting things about having a commercial manned space industry is that they can sell seats on their spacecraft to countries that cannot afford their own rockets and manned spacecraft, so it is easy and inexpensive for Turkey to send a citizen on a science mission in space. Bigelow, Axiom, or Ixion are also proposing space habitats that can also be rented to the same countries. Manned space programs are now affordable for many or most countries. All they have to do is rent or lease space on commercial suppliers.

    There are plenty of companies developing lunar landers that can carry a country’s experiments or rovers to the Moon.

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