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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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Yutu-2 travels almost 300 meters on ninth lunar day

According to a story today in official Chinese state-run media, Yutu-2 traveled another 284.99 meters during its ninth lunar day on the surface of the Moon, and has now been placed in hibernation in order to survive the long lunar night.

The story provides no further information, including saying nothing about the strange and unusual material the rover supposedly spotted during this time period.

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4 comments

  • That comes to three meters an hour. I wonder why it is so slow.

  • Dick Eagleson

    For the same reason Curiosity is, I suppose – limited or no ability to conduct autonomous driving combined with considerable caution on the part of its handlers. Zipping around could tip it over or put it into some small ground declivity not easily spotted if moving faster. The latter sort of mishap could trap it.

  • Col Beausabre

    It could be the gearing is involved. For a given motor (and the size is limited by everything else the rover needs, you want more instruments, maybe motor and battery size need to go down), the lower the gearing, the greater the torque, but the lower the speed. You’re not trying to set speed records here and the more torque you have, the steeper the slope you can ascend and, perhaps, the easier to get you out of awkward situations.

  • Edward

    Hmm. Because our robotic rovers do not travel so fast, maybe we would get more exploration for our buck if we had humans doing the exploration. They move much faster, make their own decisions on the spot, but they cost a bit more to get there and back again.

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