Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void
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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.
Publishers Weekly Review
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Fascinating and tremendously funny.
A great read! (Albeit one that features the phrase 'cooking the skin flakes'.)
I am a huge fan of this author, and I am certainly not disappointed with this! This book is humorous, well-researched, and a wonderful read.
Enjoyable read about the science, history, and evolution of accommodating the needs of the human body in space.
The author has plumbed the annals of NASA and the space contracting community to bring insightful and sometimes funny accounts. Occasionally things get too clinical and slow, but still worth your money.
- Category: Physics
- Published: Apr 04, 2011
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
- Seller: W. W. Norton
- Print Length: 288 Pages
- Language: English