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
I felt compelled to check this out after reading a favorable review of it on Booklikes, and because I've found myself newly fascinated with space in the last few years. I say "newly fascinated" because I think that almost everyone is fascinated with space to a certain extent, but I've noticed its pu...
Recommended to me by a friend, I bought this book for my dad for Christmas then stole it from him afterwards. Good move on my part.Roach's main question in this book, is how do we get people into space. Robots are easy comparatively. After all, robots don't need to eat, use the bathroom, they don't ...
Lyn: I broke my sister’s heart when I told her I was not crazy about the book. I find the subject very interesting, but the writing was just very lacking. What turned you off of the book?Kara: It was just dry to me. I already have issues with non-fiction books due to my shitty attention span. If the...