Packing for Mars : the curious science of life in the void (Book, 2010) []
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Packing for Mars : the curious science of life in the void

Packing for Mars : the curious science of life in the void

Author: Mary Roach
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
Mary Roach explores the 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  Read more...

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ISBN: 9780393068474 0393068471 9781611293753 1611293758 9780393339918 0393339912
OCLC Number: 449865377
Description: 334 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: He's smart but his birds are sloppy: Japan picks an astronaut --
Life in a box: The perilous psychology of isolation and confinement --
Star crazy: Can space blow your mind? --
You go first: The alarming prospect of life without gravity --
Unstowed: Escaping gravity on board NASA's C-9 --
Throwing up and down: The astronaut's secret misery --
The cadaver in the space capsule: NASA visits the crash test lab --
One furry step for mankind: The strange careers of Ham and Enos --
Next gas: 200,000 miles: Planning a moon expedition is tough, but not as tough as planning a simulated one --
Houston, we have a fungus: Space hygiene and the men who stopped bathing for science --
The horizontal stuff: What if you never got out of bed? --
The three-dolphin club: Mating without gravity --
Withering heights: Bailing out from space --
Separation anxiety: The continuing saga of zero-gravity elimination --
Discomfort food: When veterinarians make dinner, and other tales of woe from aerospace test kitchens --
Eating your pants: Is Mars worth it?
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The best-selling author of Stiff and Bonk explores the irresistibly strange universe of space travel and life without gravity.  Read more...


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"[Her] style is at its most substantial-and most hilarious-in the zero-gravity realm that Packing for Mars explores.... As startling as it is funny." -- Janet Maslin - The New York Times "This is the Read more...

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Love her humorous way of writing about history!

by booksonthebeach (WorldCat user published 2011-05-20) Very Good Permalink

Mary Roach's writing style makes me laugh out loud. She is one of the main reasons I began branching out into reading nonfiction. Her research is incredibly thorough. I don't think I'd go to the lengths she does to get her facts straight. I'd happily, joyfully experience weightlessness in...
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