Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void
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"America's funniest science writer" (Washington Post) explores the irresistibly strange universe of life without gravity in this New York Times bestseller.


The best-selling author of Stiff and Bonk explores the irresistibly strange universe of space travel and life without gravity. From the Space Shuttle training toilet to a crash test of NASA's new space capsule, Mary Roach takes us on the surreally entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth.

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      • content: With an unflinching eye, [Roach] launches readers into the thick of spaceflight's grossest engineering challenges.
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      • content: A truly funny look at the less majestic aspects of the space program.
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      • content: This is the kind of smart, smirky stuff that Roach does so well.
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      • content: Roach deftly guides her readers. . . . They never completely lose sight of the accomplishments of space travel, even as they take delight in the absurdities that, in the end, make those successes all the more sublime.
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      • source: Christian Science Monitor
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        Roach explores the quotidian aspects of space travel for humans with her usual aplomb. She reveals the everyday concerns and aspects—physiological, psychological, and emotional—of long-term space immersion. Sandra Burr proves a great complement to Roach's prose. Her character voices are distinct, and she executes the jargon and technical aspects of space life with a clear and emphatic tone, helping listeners with more complicated passages. She has a matter-of-fact tone with a hint of a wry smile when she explains, say, sex in space, and she is unfailingly clear and affable. A Norton hardcover.

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