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Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void (udgave 2010)

af Mary Roach

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The author of Stiff and Bonk explores the irresistibly strange universe of space travel and life without gravity. 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 17,000 miles per hour? To answer these questions, space agencies set up all manner of quizzical and startlingly bizarre space simulations. As the author 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), she takes us on a surreally entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth.… (mere)
Medlem:jscavallero
Titel:Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void
Forfattere:Mary Roach
Info:W. W. Norton & Company (2010), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 334 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Nøgleord:non-fiction, humor

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

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  1. 41
    A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts af Andrew Chaikin (Othemts)
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    Kold marv af Tom Wolfe (Othemts, nessreader)
    nessreader: The shift in corporate mentality in NASA between the testosterone drenched fighter pilots of Wolfe's era and the team orientated and PR-paranoid present is instructive. The terrifying discipline required seems equal; in any case, interesting to compare.
  3. 10
    What's It Like in Space?: Stories from Astronauts Who've Been There af Ariel Waldman (bragan)
    bragan: Packing for Mars is definitely the book to read if you're interested in the odd quirks of life in space (at least if you're OK with reading about bodily functions), and What's It Like In Space? makes for a fun little companion volume to it.
  4. 10
    Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut af Mike Mullane (itbgc)
  5. 10
    The Martian af Andy Weir (sboyte)
    sboyte: One is fiction and one is nonfiction, but the subject matter is similar and I think both will appeal to anyone who enjoys science with a dash of humor.
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This was a blast.

I learned way, WAY more than I ever wanted to know about eating, breathing, sloughing of skin, cleanliness, dizzyness, puking, and shitting that I thought I could. And I enjoyed every damn second of it!

Seriously. A fun, informative book that will leave you smarter than when you started it. How many books can you say that about that you've read lately.

Mary Roach, I love you.
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
This book was very amusing, but also straight-up informative. The author has done a lot of research into the problems that arise from putting humans into space, and the history of addressing them. I'd go so far as saying that this is essential reading for anyone planning to write a book, movie or TV show set in space. ( )
  Enno23 | Aug 15, 2021 |
adult nonfiction; scientific narratives. Mary Roach returns with all the weird/off-color questions you wouldn't normally get answers from. Interesting and humorous, though probably not appropriate for those who are easily offended. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
5 stars is, alas, the most stars I can give this book. But I give it an extra imaginary star just for good measure.

What can I say about a book that, in concise and funny verbiage, examines some of the worst parts of a mission to Mars? Things you never, ever think about? How do clothes get washed? What happens if you have to go to the bathroom? What about food particles? G-forces? Can you jump out of a crashing space lander? How much food does it take for a two year manned mission? Can you have sex in zero-G? And really, how do they design the toilets?

And more. I loved Mary Roach's previous books but this one is the best of all of them. If you are interested in manned space flight at all, this book is incredibly educational. And it will make you really think about the engineering of getting human beings to Mars.

Absolutely recommended. Brisk, fun, educational read. Available on the Kindle. ( )
  multiplexer | Jun 20, 2021 |
3.5 stars

Interesting book with Roach's signature humor. Be prepared for lots and lots of talk about bodily functions, because they are REALLY important in space travel. ( )
  ssperson | Apr 3, 2021 |
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The author of Stiff and Bonk explores the irresistibly strange universe of space travel and life without gravity. 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 17,000 miles per hour? To answer these questions, space agencies set up all manner of quizzical and startlingly bizarre space simulations. As the author 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), she takes us on a surreally entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth.

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