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Until now, this is not a story I shared widely. In March, I applied to fly to the Moon with Yusaku Maezawa as part of the dearMoon project — not as a scientist or engineer, but as a storyteller. I decided to share my application because its message is too important to be kept to myself, and I decided to share it in graphical form to provide emotional context. I hope it serves to inspire and uplift.

A great primer on the state of the art in life support systems! Hope to see more on living in space soon.

Sisyphus, by Titian (public domain)
Sisyphus, by Titian (public domain)
‘Sisyphus’, by Titian (public domain)

If one thing is certain about life, it is that adversity is inevitable — the times we live in are no exception. However, the Stoics gave us a philosophical toolkit that not only allows us to survive adversity but to harness it. These tools helped me to dismantle harmful ways of thinking and to be serene in times of trouble, and they can help you too. Read all the way to the end for resources on getting started.

I began investigating Stoic philosophy in 2018 at the suggestion of a friend after a particularly challenging year, both personally and professionally…

Lunar Gateway concept art. Source: NASA

As exciting as it is for Canada to lend a hand (or rather, robotic arm) to the human space exploration effort, the Lunar Gateway project is another dead end. There is no need for one, and it makes no financial nor scientific sense.

The Lunar Gateway, initially proposed by NASA, is a small space station that would orbit the Moon and support operations in cislunar space. On February 28, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada would be the first nation to formally commit to the project. …

I used to hate history.

I remember while studying under the international British curriculum in Malaysia (I grew up there), looking at a long list of acronyms written next to a map of the nation. If I remember correctly, it was a list of all the governments and colonial authorities that ruled the region in the past — I remember poorly, because the information seemed completely irrelevant and useless.

However, when I switched to the Canadian curriculum in high school and began studying Canadian history, I had a change of heart. The course spanned history of major events in the…

This question has come up more than once.

Short answer:

It don’t work that way, mate.

Long answer:

A common view on science is that the scientific method works like this:

1. Scientists form a theory, or a guess.

2. They run experiments.

3. If the experiments agree with the theory, it becomes a law. Therefore, gravity is true, evolution and climate change are guesses, etc.

This is wrong. First, let’s look at the differences between facts, laws, theories, and hypotheses. It’s science-ing time.

Checking the facts

A fact is an observation that has been confirmed over and over again, such as the fact that water boils…

Jin Sia

Mechanical engineering student at the University of Waterloo, aspiring astronaut, and environmentalist. Opinions are strictly my own.

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