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

Author: Mary Roach
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The 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  Read more...
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All Authors / Contributors: Mary Roach
ISBN: 9780393068474 0393068471 9781611293753 1611293758
OCLC Number: 449865377
Description: 334 p. : ill. ; 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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Love her humorous way of writing about history!

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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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