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Watch Starliner’s return to Earth

The astronauts on ISS closed the hatch yesterday on Boeing’s Starliner manned capsule in preparation for its return to Earth today, with a planned landing at White Sands, New Mexico, at 6:49 pm (Eastern).

I have embedded NASA’s live stream below. The undocking at 2:36 pm (Eastern), with the live stream beginning at 2:30 pm (Eastern). After the capsule separates and ends joint operations with ISS the live stream will break off until 5:45 pm (Eastern), when it will resume to cover the landing.

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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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5 comments

  • Jay

    Bob,
    I wonder if you will hear the sonic boom from your location? White Sands is about five to six hours away from your city?

  • Jay: Tucson is more like 10 hours away from White Sands. Also, sonic booms are much more localized, probably not heard more than 30 miles away.

  • V-Man

    Did I hear right? There are more issues with the OMS/RCS thrusters (beyond the earlier shutdowns), but “there’s plenty of redundancy to draw from” according to the Boeing commentators.

    Granted, it’s a test flight, but as I’ve said before you couldn’t pay me to set foot on this deathtrap.

  • V-Man: My understanding is that there have been no additional problems today. Two OMS thrusters shut down prematurely during the final orbital burn after launch. Then two RCS thrusters failed during maneuvers prior to docking.

    Today Boeing engineers did tests of those failed thrusters after undocking to try to better understand why they failed.

  • Edward

    Robert Zimmerman noted: “Also, sonic booms are much more localized, probably not heard more than 30 miles away.

    This is probably true. Several years ago, the Space Shuttle’s reentry path took it about 60-ish miles north of where I was. It was a nighttime reentry and beautiful to watch. Some observers thought it was kind of purpleish but I thought it was more pinkish. The point, though, is that when the sonic boom reached us, it was more of a very quiet “puff puff,” certainly too quiet to be heard from 60 miles away during the daytime, with all the regular ambient noise.

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