Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void (Paperback)
September: a month for star wathcing and off-shoulder travel... like,
say, outer space??? Get the ins and outs of space without all the NASA
Astronaugt training. Author Roach's irreverent style takes nothing away
from the actual science involved. She makes the reading enjoyable for
every younger readers who yearn to know about bodily functions in space.
Do you know what a furuncle is? Or why the "corned beef sandwich"
incident was dangerous? Learn and laugh with Roach, who also wrote Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers.
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.