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 weirdn...

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Title:Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void
Author:Mary Roach
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ISBN:0393068471
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:334 pages

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

  • Kemper
    Aug 03, 2010
    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 of times. I went and saw the traveling exhibit of Gus Grissom’s capsule that was retriev...
  • Will Byrnes
    Aug 20, 2010
    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 eyes were gushing. Mary Roach has had that effect on me before. I have read two of her books. Stiff...
  • Richard Derus
    Sep 16, 2010
    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 exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they...
  • Trevor
    Sep 23, 2010
    I’ve read two other Roach books and have really loved them. They tick all of the boxes – they are witty, wise, fascinatingly interesting and written by someone with an eye that unfailingly spots human foibles. The beauty of her writing is that rather than pointing and laughing, she embrace...
  • Stephanie
    Dec 15, 2010
    When I was in the sixth grade we had a science project. I remember this well, we had to learn all about rockets and space travel. When we were to reach the end of all the information, we were going to have a test on what we learned. Nothing new there right? Oh but there was……The person who...
  • Petra Eggs
    Dec 28, 2010
    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 dickheads, contrary to what you might think.Mary Roach seems to have an obsession with poo. I did ac...
  • Carol.
    Mar 15, 2011
    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 of the everyday biological issues we take for granted– such as washing, eating, and urinati...
  • Cassy
    Apr 17, 2011
    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 Southern mother would intervene. “Jill, there will no discussion of bodily functions at this ...
  • Stephen
    Jun 09, 2011
    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 urinal devices (with different sizes for, um, different sizes); 3. Weightless Flight Regurgitati...
  • Melki
    Nov 03, 2011
    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 "movies" at the local theater. My interest in the space program remained low while I was growing up. O...