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

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In Packing for Mars, Mary Roach takes on the science and psychology of space travel exploring the many elements, quotidian and odd, that go into sending a crew into orbit. Funny, quirky and almost the ideal guide to a subject that could otherwise be somewhat dry, Roach shares her zeal for discovery while effectively arguing her point that, “Space doesn’t just encompass the sublime and the ridiculous. It erases the line between…”

— Matt, Los Angeles

Mary Roach has taken on a new subject with her own stylistic writing approach - Space Exploration. Mary sets the pace of this book by informing us of fascinating and humorous adventures that have been accomplished by companies and individuals throughout history. You will feel proud at times reading about compelling personal struggles, and then laugh out loud at the human absurdity behind them. By blending wit and reality in such a perfect way, space travel will never be looked upon in the same way again.

— Mike, Albuquerque


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: 9780393339918
ISBN-10: 0393339912
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: April 4th, 2011
Pages: 334
Language: English