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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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Video of Ingenuity’s flight, taken by Perseverance

JPL yesterday released a short one minute long video created from images taken by the high resolution mast camera on Perseverance.

You can view the animation here.

Stitched together from multiple images, the mosaic is not white balanced; instead, it is displayed in a preliminary calibrated version of a natural-color composite, approximately simulating the colors of the scene as it would appear on Mars.

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6 comments

  • wayne

    Thanks for posting the video link Mr. Z.

    Bob Clampett
    John Carter of Mars animation concept clip (1936)
    https://youtu.be/Rr9dClaSw7Q
    2:24

  • Steve

    I assumed a large amount of dust would have been kicked up. Any thoughts on why there appears to be little or none?

  • wayne

    Steve–
    my uninformed speculation–
    –> crummy ‘video’!(!!)

    Wright Brothers First Flight,
    1903
    https://youtu.be/-kjRL-Q-KBc
    2:32

  • Mike Borgelt

    Looks to me like it might have been in or perilously close to vortex ring state on the descent. Wasn’t a particularly gentle touchdown.

  • Jeff Wright

    Love the John Carter clip…if only…how was it? Sagan said he got there by “wishing hard?” That phrase in another tongue would be a good ship name.

  • JT Sexton

    It would be great if the engineering reliability of ingenuity operations could be advanced to a degree sufficient to periodically “blow-clean” the rover solar panels. Maybe only as a last step attempt to prevent rover battery freezing, but a formalized routine as a option to extend the missions.

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