Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void
- Publish Date: 2011-04-04
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Mary Roach
âAmericaâs funniest science writerâ (Washington Post) returns to explore the irresistibly strange universe of life without gravity in this New York Times bestseller.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 canât 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, itâs possible to preview space without ever leaving Earth. From the space shuttle training toilet to a crash test of NASAâs 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.