Packing for Mars by Mary Roach
The Curious Science of Life in the Void

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Often gross but always engrossing nonetheless, this book should answer many if not all of those niggling questions you’ve always wanted to know about life in space.
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“America’s funniest science writer” (Washington Post) returns to explore the irresistibly strange universe of life without gravity in this New York Times bestseller.


Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? have sex? smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour? To answer these questions, space agencies set up all manner of quizzical and startlingly bizarre space simulations. As Mary Roach discovers, it’s possible to preview space without ever leaving Earth. From the space shuttle training toilet to a crash test of NASA’s new space capsule (cadaver filling in for astronaut), Roach takes us on a surreally entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth.
 

About Mary Roach

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Mary Roach is the author of four previous books: Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, and Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. Her writing has appeared in Outside, Wired, National Geographic, and the New York Times Magazine, among others. She lives in Oakland, California.
 
Published April 4, 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company. 336 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Science & Math, Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Jayne S on Apr 25 2014

Often gross but always engrossing nonetheless, this book should answer many if not all of those niggling questions you’ve always wanted to know about life in space.

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