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Packing for Mars MP3 CD – MP3 Audio, June 17, 2014
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About the Author
- Publisher : Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (June 17, 2014)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1469235919
- ISBN-13 : 978-1469235912
- Item Weight : 2.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 5.5 x 0.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,501,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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But the best part is Roach herself. Her wit and unabashed curiosity are in plain sight, boldly going where decorum and press releases dare not go. There's just enough science here to give the layman an idea of what's going on--and presenting it in clear terms--without overwhelming him with forensic detail. She interviews astronauts and scientists, historians and charlatans, and when research isn't enough, she bravely participates in experiments (flying aboard a C-9, drinking recycled urine). Despite being confronted with the unpleasant facts of space travel, Roach doesn't flinch. She satisfies our curiosity while satisfying her own.
Some of her investigation involves Ms. Roach being on site or actually experiencing the simulations. The author interviews astronauts, cosmonauts, and volunteers about their experiences in simulations or actual space missions. She takes part in such things as experiencing zero-gravity on parabolic flights and a moon expedition simulation taking place in Canada’s High Arctic. Ms. Roach also explains the history and challenges of space adventures such as isolation-chamber experiments in cross-cultural conditions; living on space stations; the various psychological hardships; height vertigo while spacewalking; the challenges of gravity; crash simulations; enduring G-forces; astrochimps; the demands of personal hygiene, coping with body odor, and bone density depletion during long missions; the cultural mindset of space agencies; sex in space; trying to survive a falling spacecraft; space cuisine; and the issues around pooping in zero-gravity. I found reading the poop chapter was an excellent appetite suppressant. Heck, it even topped her icky chapter on vomit. The book was published in 2010.
After reading ‘Packing for Mars’ I can understand why it’s so expensive to launch missions. Once again, the author has produced a wonderful work. It’s a real treat. I came away from Ms. Roach’s book with an even deeper appreciation of the profession and a bedrock conviction that I’d rather be clubbed to death by a platoon of irate astrochimps than attempt space flight. I’m enthusiastically the wrong stuff.
About my reviews: I try to review every book I read, including those that I don't end up enjoying. The reviews are not scholarly, but just indicate my reaction as a reader, reading being my addiction. I am miserly with 5-star reviews; 4 stars means I liked a book very much; 3 stars means I liked it; 2 stars means I didn't like it (though often the 2-star books are very popular with other readers and/or are by authors whose other work I've loved).
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Packing for Mars combines a perfect blend of comedy combined with factual truth. The anecdotal form of writing and referencing throws a friendly perspective over the scientific and social challenges which plagued spaced travel since its inception. The number of hidden away stories and facts that I had never seen written before and that had only been found by great investigatory work made this book truly worth the read.