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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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Images of Falcon 9 first stage fins and landing platform

The heat of competition: Elon Musk today tweeted images of the floating landing platform and new fins to be tested on SpaceX’s next Falcon 9 attempt to safely land the first stage vertically.

The launch is presently scheduled for December 16. Imagine the excitment if that first stage successful lands on that platform.

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3 comments

  • wodun

    The pictures at the link look nothing like X-wing style fins, not even close.

  • mpthompson

    With the addition of the steering fins adding some additional complexity (but also obviously solving some anticipated challenges) I wouldn’t be surprised if a number of attempts will be needed before there is a perfect landing on the barge. However, when it is successful, it will instantly revolutionize the launch industry.

    Another thing I saw in the tweets from Musk is that in the future they anticipate refueling the booster at the barge and it flying itself back to the Florida. That will be spectacular to see!!!

  • Edward

    It would look more “X”-like if you viewed them from the top/front of the booster. I don’t think that this is really a Star Wars reference (although you are probably supposed to get that thought in your head) as much as it is playing on the “X” in the company’s nick-name, Space-X. Even with the power of the Falcon rocket, the Death Star is safe. … For now.

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