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What happened at SpaceX the first time they landed a first stage

Cool image time! The National Geographic Mars series is combining fiction with high quality documentary footage of real events. The clip below shows the first ever vertical landing of a used rocket first stage in December 2015, and includes footage taken of SpaceX engineers and Elon Musk during that launch and landing. The landing ranks as one of the most important events in space history. And it still gives me goosebumps. Seeing that it also caused goosebumps to those who made it happen only emphasizes the significance of the moment.

Conscious Choice cover

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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2 comments

  • “I’m nauseatingly pro-American. It is where great things are possible.”
    Conversation: Elon Musk on Wired Science (2007)

    I watched the longer video you posted earlier, but this was interesting in it’s focus on Mr. Musk.

    There is only one time and place this could have happened. You have to question the rationality and sentience of those who would destroy it.

  • Edward

    “Holy smokes, man!”

    Until that moment, it was thought to be impossible. Just like going to the Moon, breaking the sound barrier, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Panama Canal, and the Transcontinental Railroad.

    Thanks for the quote, Blair.

    Thanks for the video, Robert. It was to accomplish things like this that drove me to get into the space business.

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