I went to art college after high school. Then to massage therapy school when i realized i needed a separate income from a flexible job in order to make art. Then i trained at a Zen center when i burned out from doing massage (which happens a lot actually - the massage burn-out part). Meditation remains a core part of my life. After that bounced around for a few years and eventually headed down to Mexico. I have a fatigue condition which went unrecognized while i was young enough to push through it, though it affected my life a lot. When that ceased to be an option things started going into a tailspin so badly i decided to leave Canada in a desperate bid to search for a solution in a new environment. I met my husband (which was the last thing i expected) and ended up staying. I'm still here in central Mexico 15 years later.
In August of 2013, i finally found the diet and lifestyle that allowed me to have a normal energy level. Before that i'd struggled with lethargy, dopiness, sleepiness, and accompanying anxiety. It was the first time as an adult i'd been free of that for more than a couple of weeks. My reaction quickly turned from 'Eureka!' to 'so now what?...'. I was in the middle of Mexico with all my time free (my husband has a successful business and is happy for me to use my time as i wish). I really wanted to make up for lost time.
It took a while to find the right thing. I took to watching videos of successful people i admired to try to figure out what direction to take. It was quickly clear that scientists and engineers were my role models. One day i was watching an interview of Elon Musk - who i'd never heard of until a few days before - by Salman Khan of Khan Academy. He started talking about going to Mars. Now, from my early teens i've been a big science fiction and science mag consumer, and i thought 'Mars? That makes no sense. He seems like a smart guy, what's he doing?'. I had a small website (now defunct) and i started writing about that. Once i did i quickly realized i had strong feelings about this. Thus began Moonwards, a project i happily anticipate will keep me busy for the rest of my life.
I am a Norwegian high-school student, currently getting a science education. I live on a small and remote island, and dislike cities as much as you would expect. In the process of learning math, physics and other cool stuff, I realized how nice the free software philosophy is. Starting there, I started my voyage to explore the world of computer programming and the internet.
On the interwebs, I discovered the beauty of space exploration, the Stack Exchange community, and finally the stumbled upon this project, Moonwards.
In my free time, I code small games and simulators, play in a brass band, read tons of fantasy and science fiction, hang out with my crazy high-school friends (me being the most crazy), spend some weekends herding smaller Southern Sami kids at camps, and attend some religious thingy. (Jesus is a cool guy, comparable to Sergej Korolev and Isaac Newton). Regarding political views, what happens on Earth stays on Earth. This is the Moon, and we have a lot of regolith to melt before we can start to fight each other.
As I have a lot of time this early in my life, the ambition is to learn as much as possible. Unicycling? No problem. Here at Moonwards, I provide content to the learn page, create animations and write about orbital mechanics and rocket engines. Mostly however, I discuss new ideas with Kim.
There are many tools, services and information sources involved in a project such as this. Would you perhaps like to check out some of them?
All of the above programs are open source. Moonwards uses only open source resources wherever possible.
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All of these are dated, but remain highly relevant for those seeking an overview of these areas.
Here are 3 lists from Space Exploration Stack Exchange where members put resources useful for learning and practicing the field.