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Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in Space by Mary Roach
  

Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in Space

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I can’t be the only person to look at those bright, shiny group portraits of astronauts and wonder – is that how it really is? For the answer, Mary Roach is your woman, and in this often extremely funny book she reveals just what it’s like to be crammed in a space ship with your fellow man or woman - and their various bodily functions. We find out the hidden dangers of dandruff, how to cope with toilets in zero gravity and what to do if you feel like throwing up in space (don’t, is the answer). What goes in must come out – but oh, the problems it causes the researchers and scientists!

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Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in Space by Mary Roach

Space is devoid of the stuff humans need to live: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh veg, privacy, beer. How much can a person give up? What happens when you can't walk for a year? Is sex any fun in zero gravity? What's it like being cooped up in a metal box with a few people for months at a time? As Mary Roach discovers, it's possible to explore space without ever leaving Earth. From the space shuttle training toilet to a 17,000 mile-per-hour crash test of NASA's space capsule (cadaver stepping in), she takes us on a surreally entertaining trip into the science of living in space.

About the Author

Mary Roach

Mary Roach is a journalist who has contributed to GQ, Vogue and New York Times Magazine and is contributing editor for the science magazine Discover. All of her books have been huge bestsellers in America. She lives in San Francisco.

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Publication date

1st September 2010

Author

Mary Roach

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Publisher

Oneworld Publications

Format

Hardback

Categories

The Real World


ISBN

9781851687800

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