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


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$16.95  $15.76
W. W. Norton & Company
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5.4 X 8.2 X 1.0 inches | 0.57 pounds

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About the Author

Mary Roach is the author of five best-selling works of nonfiction, including Grunt, Stiff, and, most recently, Fuzz. Her writing has appeared in National Geographic and the New York Times Magazine, among other publications. She lives in Oakland, California.


This is the kind of smart, smirky stuff that Roach does so well.--Geoff Nicholson
Roach provides a highly readable, often hilarious, guide.
A more realistic view of life in space than we have ever gotten from a NASA broadcast.
Cool answers to questions about the void you didn't even know you had.
An utterly fascinating account, made all the more entertaining by the author's ever-amused tone.
It's all about those things NASA doesn't delve into at press conferences.
The book is an often hilarious, sometimes queasy-making catalog of the strange stuff devised to permit people to survive in an environment for which their bodies are stupendously unsuited. With an unflinching eye, [Roach] launches readers into the thick of spaceflight's grossest engineering challenges.--M. G. Lord
Truly funny...Roach's writing is supremely accessible, but there's never a moment when you aren't aware of how much research she's done into unexplored reaches of space travel.
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.