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

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

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By (author) Mary Roach

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 208mm x 20mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393339912
  • ISBN 13: 9780393339918
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 45,908

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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."

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With an unflinching eye, [Roach] launches readers into the thick of spaceflight s grossest engineering challenges. --M. G. Lord"