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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Yearlong mission on ISS reaches halfway point

The yearlong manned mission on ISS is now halfway over.

If they complete their planned 341-day mission through March, Mark Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko will have logged the fifth and sixth longest human flights in space. They will not complete a full year in space, (as has been advertised by NASA), something that four Russians did in their Mir space station, including one flight of fourteen and a half months.

I had not realized that this mission was not actually a complete year until I read the story above. In reality, they are actually only spending just over eleven months in space. I find this very disappointing. The whole reason to have ISS is to do these long missions. To cut this short of a year seems silly. If anything, they should take advantage of the situation and try to push to break the longevity mission of 14.5 months.


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  • Cotour

    Q: Has it ever been revealed if anyone who has been on the ISS and / or in space has ever had a panic attack or other psychological problems related to being in space or cooped up for such long periods in such an unnatural environment?

    And have missions been cut short because of it?

  • The answer to both your questions is yes, but not on ISS. You should read my book, Leaving Earth.

  • Orion314

    Your points are bang on target..NASA used to be a “Can Do” ,” Balls-to-the-walls” outfit. Now, when it comes to manned space flight, NASA is so PC/pussifed as to be worthless.
    A recourse might be to put the screws to NASA. How?
    Step 1: remember HST
    the American people got that political hack/quisling NASA director O’Keefe to recant, and the rescue mission went through.
    2: Find someone with media access to interview the most boring Astronaut ever, Scott Kelly on one of NASA tv’s endless, tedious, weekly interviews, and put it to him, “Can you cowboy up for 14 months and set an all time on-orbit flight record” I bet he says yes so fast it would make the powers-that-be heads spin.
    3. Start the same call-in/e-mail campaign that saved the HST….the USA used to break aerospace records every month..maybe we can again?

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