- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 10 hours and 28 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: August 2, 2010
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003Y56QYC
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Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void Audiobook – Unabridged
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Roach certainly did her homework - she snags a ride on the “vomit comet” to experience zero-G first hand, and travels to remote outposts to see how astronauts might live on Mars. The book is carefully researched, and she frequently peppers the text with amusing footnotes and details she discovered along the way. It’s a good read if you’re not squeamish.
A note about the audio edition: Roach is a talented public speaker, so it's really unfortunate she doesn’t read her own book. The “narrator’s” harsh, school-marm voice unfortunately drains much of the humor and wit from Roach’s text. I also wish the audio book came packaged on an MP3 disk. I had to manually rip and copy onto one myself, because "stop to change the disk" doesn't work while you're driving.
What is great about Mary is she helps debunk some of the myths and also highlights problem areas that many of us forget or just don't know exist in space - for example: bone density loss. She also covers other countries space programs and how they do things differently, which in some cases have worked out better.
It's not so much about packing for Mars as it is the culmination of all the prior mission accomplishments (not in space, but getting to it and coming home again) that make Mars even possible to comprehend. Very funny read and the footnotes are even funnier.
A really entertaining book about solving for the unknown and how NASA has gone about it.
For example, does hygiene become an issue when two men are in a very tightly confined area for two weeks, wearing a space suit, without the ability to bathe? How are liquid and solid wastes captured and recycled or disposed of in a space flight? Sex in space? Motion sickness and the implications of regurgitating in a space helmet. The physics of a reentering space shuttle disintegrating at a speed of Mach 17. These questions and many others are covered in this whimsical little work. Good for about six hours of entertainment, this will not win any literary awards, but if you have a sense of humor and a morbid curiosity, you'll find this a worthwhile read.
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