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The posts are in reverse chronological order, and are pegged by topic on the links to the left. For more of an introduction, please see the About this site page listed above.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

My Post-Graduate Job Hunt

Since graduating from the ISU, I have been home with family, in Toronto for the IAC, to St. Catharines to visit my sister and her friends, back home for Thanksgiving, back to Toronto for a few weeks to visit friends, and finally back home. It has been a busy time, and I have been working hard to make the most of it.

 I am very glad that I am adaptable, flexible, easy-going, and other synonyms for not minding change so much. With being all over the place, and especially changing places and occupations from "student in Europe" to "young graduate at home in rural Canada", an inflexible attitude would have made everything very difficult. However, I have smiled, rolled up my sleeves, and faced new challenges and tasks with enthusiasm.

So, what have I been up to? 

Friday, 5 December 2014

Unfair Criticism

With the holidays coming up, there's the usual stress and excitement which comes with dealing with snow, super-cleaning the house, decorations, and the possibility of gifts. In some households, especially on TV, the holidays are accompanied by friction between family members. While I have seen a fair share of this friction, nothing compares to what I have seen this year.

The situation is so bad that I'm wondering if it will be a very quiet Christmas at my home.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

NASA's Orion Spacecraft

In honour of its test flight tomorrow, today we take a look at the Orion spacecraft and what its development and test flight will mean for human space exploration.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Canadian Space Opportunities

All my life I have wanted to work in the space industry. I have said this many times. I told my parents at the age of 5, I've told almost every teacher I've ever had, and I've dressed up the language when writing it on applications. I have always had a clear destination, but what I have not always had was a clear path.

In a way, I have always been very lucky in knowing what I want to do. Most people do not know what they want, especially from such an early age, and it is very common to have no idea how to get there. Even if you know your path and destination, it is your path, you have to walk it, and it is unreasonable to expect much more than some friendly assistance from time to time.

However, what has always frustrated me was the lack of direction, advice, or counsel I have had. 

Thursday, 13 November 2014

New Horizons

Now that Rosetta is old news, it's time to look to other missions. Actually, Rosetta and its lander Philae, along with the rest of the team, are doing a fantastic job after landing on the comet for the first time in history. Although, since Philae's harpoons failed to deploy, it bounced after touchdown, and teams are still working to localize it.

Just 1 day after following this news quite intensely, I was reminded of the New Horizons mission. Launched in 2006, New Horizons plans to study Pluto, up close and personal for the first time, and whatever side of the "Is Pluto a planet?"debate you are on, this mission should excite you!

Friday, 7 November 2014

The Rosetta Mission

In just 5 short days, humanity will attempt to land on a comet for the first time in history! The mission? Rosetta. The date? November 12th, 2014. In light of this upcoming event, I have written a little here on the mission and its importance.

The Northern Light Mission

With so many space missions coming up, it can be easy to miss one. While I have been looking for work in Europe, I was impressed and surprised to hear of a mission being developed in Toronto, Canada, by people from my old university. What follows here is some information on the Northern Light Mission, what it is, why it's important, and how you can contribute.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

The 65th International Astronautical Congress

Welcome back, space fans! Today's post is about the 2014 International Astronautical Congress (IAC) which I had the privilege to attend! The 65th of its kind, the IAC is an annual event bringing together space enthusiasts and professionals from all around the world. I had an incredible week and here is a synopsis of what followed.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Master of Sciences and Graduation from the International Space University

Welcome back to Embrace Space! This is a very special post covering my graduation from the ISU and receiving my Master of Sciences diploma. Leading up to that, I will reflect a little on my time there and the difference 1 year has made.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

My week in Paris: The last few days...

Wrapping this up on my trip to Paris, this post takes you through the last two days I spent there.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

My week in Paris: Day 5, Star Wars exhibit, Saint Sulpice church, and Notre Dame cathedral

Hello! Continuing our trip around Paris, France, Juliette and I had scheduled to see the Saint Sulpice church and Notre Dame cathedral. As mentioned last time, Juliette had been promising a surprise event all week, and that event turned out to be a Star Wars exhibit!

Thursday, 18 September 2014

My week in Paris: Day 4, Dinosaurs, Marvel, and Modern Art

Welcome! In this post, we are going to explore a Marvel Museum, the Parisian Museum of Natural History, and a centre for modern and contemporary art!

Sunday, 14 September 2014

My week in Paris: Day 3, Le Musée du Louvre!

As promised, day three was all about the Louvre! So, let's take a look at one of the world's most famous museums!

Saturday, 6 September 2014

My week in Paris: Day 2, the Day of the Dead!

Hello again! For our second day in Paris, Juliette and I explored the Père Lachaise Cemetery and the Catacombs of Paris! Calling it the day of the dead, it was a day full of exploration, solemn respect, and interesting visuals. So come along!

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

My week in Paris: Day 1

Bonjour! Comment ça va? Right after finishing my internship at the Johnson Space Center, I flew directly back to France to spend a week in Paris! While I had lived in France for 8 months previously, all I had seen of Paris was the airport and train station. So, over the course of a few posts, I will share my adventure!

Friday, 22 August 2014

Goodbye Houston!

Today is my last day in Houston, Texas, wrapping up my internship at the Johnson Space Center (JSC). The technical details concerning my work at JSC will have to wait until they are published on NASA's website in the middle of September, but for now, I would like to catch you up on my time here, and how I am now.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Space Center Houston

Welcome to Embrace Space! Today, I'm going to take you on a tour of Space Center Houston, and a little of NASA's Johnson Space Center. I have been enjoying my internship here, but it was finally time to get out of the office and see the sights!

Friday, 25 July 2014

My First Month at NASA, Part II: Passive Thermal Design

Hello again! Last time, I updated you on the progress I have been making at the Johnson Space Center, NASA's center for human spaceflight! We had looked at some of the ideas for configuration and deployment and had been shown animations. This time, we're going to get more technical, and I'm going to show you what conclusions I've been making, and how I made them, concerning the thermal control system for the conceptual spacecraft!

Monday, 21 July 2014

Exploration Test Flight 1: Cake Decorating Contest!

I have not had many opportunities to explore the Johnson Space Center so when I heard there was a cake decorating contest, and that everyone was invited to taste the results, I knew I had to attend! Here is that story!

Saturday, 19 July 2014

My First Month at NASA, Part I: Configurations and Animations

A month has gone by since I started working at NASA's Johnson Space Center, and I have been quite busy, trying to make the most of this opportunity! I am learning a lot and would like to share my experience with you!

Friday, 20 June 2014

My First Week at NASA!

Hello and welcome to a rather special and exciting update! I have been granted the opportunity to work as an intern at the Johnson Space Center, NASA's main site for everything to do with human spaceflight! As such, I am proud and happy to be able to write about my time there, so if you're interested, keep reading!

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Her: A Movie Review and Rambling Concerning the Potential of Artificial Intelligence

I just watched the movie Her, and it has inspired me to think more about the nature of love, intelligence, and consciousness. While I am often inspired to think of these matters, I am rarely inspired enough to write down my thoughts, and even more rarely do I take the opportunity to do so. However, I have the time, and this movie has introduced many interesting ideas which I wish to explore.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Nine Months in France at the ISU

They say 9 months is how long it takes to develop a human baby. Actually, “they” say it’s closer to 10. Whichever it is, I find it amusing that this chapter of my life, this Masters program and my time in France, lasted roughly the same length of time. This post is entirely reflective, on my thoughts and experiences of the International Space University, and of my time in, mostly, Strasbourg, France. I have had such amazing experiences and I wish to reflect upon them now. 

Monday, 2 June 2014

Mars NOW: Looking at One-Way Missions to Mars

All human space exploration, to date, has been designed to return the crew to Earth upon conclusion, but is that the only way to explore space? Mars One has been seeking to answer this question through their proposal to send humans to Mars, one-way, there to live out their lives and settle the Red Planet. Is such a mission plausible? Is it ethical? The premise of one-way missions to Mars was the basis for my team project at the International Space University and one which I’m happy to share with you now. Read on!

Sunday, 1 June 2014

ISU Individual Project: Galactic Cosmic Radiation Review

Hello again, and welcome to another exciting adventure! Today, I'm going to be telling you all about my research into galactic cosmic radiation, and what its existence means for the safety of astronauts. This post discusses the work and findings of my individual project at the ISU, so I hope you learn a lot, and enjoy!

Friday, 30 May 2014

My 27th Anniversary of My Birth!

Well, this post is about two months late, but it has been a busy two months. Plus, I was relying on others for picture and video and, well, they have been busy too. So, without anymore ado, here is my reflections on the 27th anniversary of my birth!

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

International Space Negotiations for Establishing a Moon Base

One of the elective courses at the ISU was International Space Negotiations. In an effort to broaden my experience, I took the class, looking forward to reliving my model UN days. The first half of the elective involved a simulated conference, negotiating the terms of a Moon Base treaty. The conference took several days, involving long hours and deliberation, but was one of the best assignments at the ISU! Read on for more details and pictures!

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Three Years of Blogging and 20 000 Pageviews

Hello hello! This is a very special blog post! So much is happening, and I'm happy to share it with you! Two days ago, my blog hit over 20 000 pageviews! I thought I'd start by reflecting a little on my past, talking about my present, and discussing how I'll be interning for NASA soon. So click that "Read More" or just scroll down as the adventure is about to continue!

Monday, 31 March 2014

Moscow Trip: Final Days

My last couple of days in Moscow, Russia, were full of sight-seeing, adventures, and dancing! My pictures were from all over the place, so I hope you enjoy!

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Moscow Trip Day 4: The Cosmonautics Museum

One of the highlights of my Moscow tour was seeing the Cosmonautics Museum! Walking through there was truly like walking through history. I was impressed by the display and by the attention and focus placed on space. So come on! Let's see what Russian space is all about!

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Moscow Trip Day 4: Star City/Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre

Continuing our journey through the sites and sounds of Russia, we were fortunate enough to be able to go to Star City, also known as the Yuri Garagin Cosmonaut Training Centre! Here, all cosmonauts, and astronauts, train before going aboard a Soyuz rocket and into space!

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Moscow Trip: Day 3: Energia

For the third day on the Russia trip, the ISU students were treated to a tour of the Roscosmos facility, Energia, primary developer and contractor of the Russian human spaceflight program! I was pretty excited to see this place and I think after you see the photos, you'll see why!

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Moscow Trip Day 2: The Kremlin, Lenin's Tomb, and the Red Square

Day 2 in Russia, when the real adventure began!

Waking early the next day, my roommate and I enjoyed a nice breakfast in the hotel lobby. I must say that I love buffets, especially those offered at a resort or hotel. The spread of food is generally really good and the all-you-can-eat aspect is especially welcome. Finishing with full stomachs, we joined the rest of our classmates in the hotel lobby and set off toward the Kremlin and The Red Square!

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Moscow Trip Day 1: Arrival

Sometimes, it's good to just get away from it all. With that spirit in mind, I went somewhere entirely different, somewhere I had only really heard of, that being Russia! The following posts will lead you through my adventures in Moscow, Russia, and the many things I saw there. So, let's get going!

Friday, 28 February 2014

Destination Star Trek Frankfurt!

Have you ever been to a Star Trek convention? Well, until last weekend, neither had I/ edit In an odd turn of events, I found out about a Star Trek convention in Frankfurt, Germany, and quickly organizing myself and a few others, we ended up going where none of us had gone before!

Monday, 17 February 2014

Life Sciences Laboratory at the ISU

A few months ago, during one of the excellent workshops at the ISU, the students had a chance to learn more about the equipment in the Life Sciences lab. Playing around with equipment to measure heart rate, eye movement, and muscle strain, we learned a lot about the human body and measurement methods used both on the ground and in space!

All photo and video credit to Adrian Eilingsfeld.

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Mars Now: Project Plan and Working Hard

In this post, I'd like to delve into the more interesting elements of the Mars Now project and our findings concerning Mars and missions to go there. For an introduction to the Mars Now project, please see this post.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Mars Now: A Review

Greetings from Mars!

These could very well be the first words heard over the airwaves transmitted back from the Red Planet. If it were me, and if I were the second person to land on Mars, my first words would be, "I can see my house from here!"

Anyhow, this post is all about Mars, and a team project I'm working on at the ISU involving the possibilities of sending humans to Mars, one way, thereon to settle and build a colony. A lot of work has been done to this point, and I would like to walk you through it!
Conceptual art by Chesley Bonestell

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Robotics Competition at the ISU

The first week back at the ISU has been extremely busy and extremely fun! Thanks to our special guest lecturer Professor Kazuya Yoshida, one of Japan's leading robotics experts, as well as the cooperation between the ISU and ENSIIE (École nationale supéerieure d'informatique pour l'industrie et l'entreprise), we had a week of robotics concluding with a robotics competition!

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Why I read: A Reader's Response

While catching up on the work and online activity of others, I came across an interesting article on reading, specifically why a friend of mine reads, which can be found here. She concludes by asking why we read and how would we convince others to read?

So, here is my response.

Friday, 3 January 2014

Christmasses 2013

Christmas time is pretty special for me, and for my family. We work incredibly hard all year long and, among the many wonderful aspects of this holiday, Christmas is the one time of year we take opportunities to relax, and spend extra quality time together.

We have many Christmas traditions in our family, but the most important is just being together. It might sound emotionally mushy, but it's the truth. We have had to change traditions, even locations, but we have always managed to get together and free ourselves, for a moment, of outside distraction and responsibility.

Last year, we went to Cuba, which you can read about here. This year, we did something equally special, following our usual traditions and even took back up a tradition we had neglected for some time.

All work and no play: Finishing 2013 at the ISU

Christmas has come and gone, and I've been so busy that it has taken me this long to catch you up on my adventures.

With Christmas coming, boy did I ever need a break! The workload at the ISU has been as exceptionally demanding as advertised, but the worst thing is that I haven't had the time to focus on anything other than my desk and the classroom. While I'll get into the details of my activities in other posts, this one is simply an update of everything I've been working on since last I posted here.

International Culture Night at the ISU

The International Space University, ISU, where I am currently studying, is well known for its "3Is": International, Interdisciplinary, and Intercultural. My current class of 40 students, has students representing around 30 different cultures. It has been an interesting and exciting experience finding out more about their cultures.

The ISU encourages this interaction and has asked its students to arrange "culture nights", where specific cultures have the opportunity to share some of its traditions, food, and culture through presentation and food. The first culture night we had was very successful, and we were treated to the food, music, and perspectives of Puerto Rico, Catalonia (a province within Spain), and Venezuela.

For the second culture night, the ISU students awaited the cultures of China, France, and Canada! We were all really excited, especially the Canadians as we were being visited by Canadian astronaut Dr. Robert Thirsk!