Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

The best-selling author of Stiff and Bonk explores the irresistibly strange universe of space travel and life without gravity.

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.

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  • Maybe she could have titled the book The Right Stiff. I needed to have tissues handy while reading Mary Roach’s latest. No, it is not because it made me sad, but because I was laughing so hard my ey...

  • Space…the final frontier: where intrepid heroes break free from the mortal bonds of Mother Earth to experience such singular marvels as:1. Fecal popcorning (definition forthcoming);2. Condom-shaped...

  • I’m a big space geek and have spent countless hours reading or watching documentaries about manned space flight. I’ve seen a space shuttle launch and been through the Kennedy Space Center a couple...

  • Martians eagerly awaiting our arrival! Don't they look thrilled? I have doubts this will ever happen. I don't see us going to Mars anytime soon. There are too many issues. The odds are stacked against...

  • Note: the dolphin-sex thing appears to be a hoax. Shame that. I like the idea of space sex having to be a threesome.Why the Space Program Costs so Much. Because its run by a load of backward-thinking ...

  • Rating: 4.5* of fiveThe Publisher Says: 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 ...

  • This was a fascinating trip. Really. I learned a lot about seals, black bears, dolphins, rats, dogs and chimps. En route I also learned something about astronauts and their way of life in space. And ...

  • Roach is well known for her earlier books, Stiff (about human cadavers), Bonk (science and sex) and Spook (the afterlife). In Packing, she takes on the US space program, and how it’s dealt with many...

  • I did not expect to be so captivated by this book. After all, I barely paid attention when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon in 1969. I was a very mature seven year old, and I had seen better space "m...

  • There was a rule in my house growing up: no talking about “bodily functions”. When my older sister would start going on about how she clogged the toilet or an episode of smelly burps, my very Sout...

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