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

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

by Mary Roach


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393339918
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 04/04/2011
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 48,521
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 1070L (what's this?)

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.


San Francisco, California

Place of Birth:

New Hampshire


B.A., Wesleyan University, 1981

Table of Contents

Countdown 15

1 He's Smart But His Birds are Sloppy: Japan Picks an Astronaut 21

2 Life in a Box: The Perilous Psychology of Isolation and Confinement 41

3 Star Crazy: Can Space Blow Your Mind? 63

4 You Go First: The Alarming Prospect of Life Without Gravity 79

5 Unstowed: Escaping Gravity on Board NASA's C-9 95

6 Throwing Up and Down: The Astronaut's Secret Misery 107

7 The Cadaver in the Space Capsule: NASA Visits the Crash Test Lab 129

8 One Furry Step for Mankind: The Strange Careers of Ham and Enos 149

9 Next Gas: 200,000 Miles: Planning a Moon Expedition Is Tough, but Not as Tough as Planning a Simulated One 173

10 Houston, We Have a Fungus: Space Hygiene and the Men Who Stopped Bathing for Science 191

11 The Horizontal Stuff: What If You Never Got Out of Bed? 209

12 The Three-Dolphin Club: Mating Without Gravity 229

13 Withering Heights: Bailing Out from Space 247

14 Separation Anxiety: The Continuing Saga of Zero-Gravity Elimiantion 265

15 Discomfort Food: When Veterinarians Make Dinner, and Other Tales of Woe from Aerospace Test Kitchens 285

16 Eating Your Pants: Is Mars Worth It? 307

Acknowledgments 319

Time Line 323

Bibliography 325

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