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Title:Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void
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Publisher:W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN:0393068471
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Number of Pages:334
Category:Non fiction, Science, Space, Humor, History

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

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void strong The best selling author of em Stiff em and em Bonk em explores the irresistibly strange universe of space travel and life without gravity strong .

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 can t 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 miles per hour .

To answer these questions space agencies set up all manner of quizzical and startlingly bizarre space simulations As Mary Roach discovers it s possible to preview space without ever leaving Earth From the space shuttle training toilet to a crash test of NASA s 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

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