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

Packing for Mars

By Mary Roach

Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. 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? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 4,000 miles per hour? To answer these questions, space agencies set up all manner of quizzical and startlingly bizarre space simulations—making it 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), Packing for Mars takes us on a surreally entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth.

About the Author

Mary Roach is the author of the several bestselling books. Known for her candid and hilarious explorations of the odder side of science, She has chronicled the strange destinies of human cadavers in her bestselling debut Stiff, studied what happens after we die in Spook, entered the front lines of sex research in Bonk, and now turns to her most compelling subject yet—space. Her latest book, Gulp, was released in March.

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