Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void (Paperback)
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Short Description for Packing for Mars America s funniest science writer (Washington Post) returns to explore the irresistibly strange universe of life without gravity in this New York Times bestseller.
- Published: 01 June 2011
- Format: Paperback 336 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780393339918 ISBN 10: 0393339912
- Sales rank: 49,015
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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.