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

"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.

"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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About the Author-
  • Mary Roach is the author of Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War, Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, and Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. Her writing has appeared in Outside, Wired, National Geographic, and the New York Times Magazine, among others. She lives in Oakland, California.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    September 27, 2010
    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.

  • M. G. Lord;The New York Times Book Review With an unflinching eye, [Roach] launches readers into the thick of spaceflight's grossest engineering challenges.
  • Entertainment Weekly A truly funny look at the less majestic aspects of the space program.
  • Geoff Nicholson;San Francisco Chronicle This is the kind of smart, smirky stuff that Roach does so well.
  • Dallas Morning News 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.
  • Christian Science Monitor Roach provides a highly readable, often hilarious, guide.
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