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... show more
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.
Publish date: 2010-08-02
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 334
Edition language: English
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void - Mary Roach A thoroughly fascinating, humorous(and at times disgustingly detailed) look at everything I never knew I wanted to know about life in the void of space. A word of caution...do not attempt to read the chapter about astronaut BO...
I first saw Mary Roach on an episode of the Daily Show, promoting some other, later book. I'd never heard of her, but my wife and I were immediately impressed, and agreed that we should pick up some of her books. Soon afterward, happily enough, I was given this book.It's great. It fulfills its promi...
Me pasó lo mismo que otro libro de la misma autora, partió como avión y luego se fue por las ramas, alejándose del tema que importante que me hizo querer leerlo en primer lugar.De verdad, es tal cual, calcado, el mismo modelo. Inicia con una introducción prometedora, algunos datos fascinantes, y por...
Interesting history of the space race with emphasis on some of the topics not normally discussed.
#20 TBR Busting 2013There are some very funny sections covering over the dehumanisation process involved in becoming an astronaut.