Packing for Mars by Mary Roach

Subtitle: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

Published: 2010

Genre: science nonfiction

Length: 318 pages of story, 334 pages total

Interest: I saw the book on the shelf when I was looking for genetics books. I’ve loved the other books by Mary Roach I’ve read, so I figured this one would be enjoyable as well.

Summary: Roach explores all the aspects that go into long space trips. This ranges from choosing astronauts to figuring out what the lack of gravity will do to a person. She delves into simulations for the isolation and lack of gravity. She also explores the difficulties of living in space, including bathing, eating, going to the bathroom, and even the possibility of sex.

Final thoughts: Fascinating, as per usual. At least every other page, I had a “Huh!” or “Really!?!” moment and wanted to share them with someone. Usually those moments were included in the footnotes (which I never saw in the text. When I finished a page, I’d have to search for the little star on the page so I knew what exactly the footnote was referencing.) Roach is not afraid to ask those questions we’re all thinking, regardless of how off the wall or gross it might seem. The amazing this is she got answers to most of those questions, which means you learn quite a bit reading this book. I also appreciated the fact that she was able to gain access to NASA administration as well as American, Japanese, and Russian astronauts.

Title comes from: The nominal focus of the book was long trips in space like you’d experience for a trip to Mars.

Reading challenges fulfilled: 30/100 in my Finally to 100 Challenge, and a P in my Title Alphabet Challenge

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