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Packing for Mars by Mary Roach
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Jan 22, 11

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Reading this book cured me of any real interest in becoming an astronaut or ever traveling to outer space. Space travel ain't like Star Trek, folks! Mary Roach goes into great detail about the perils of leaving Earth, namely its effects on our fragile human bodies, mostly from the "gross science" perspective. She shares fascinating (and often funny) facts about topics such as the history of toilets in zero gravity, astronaut B.O., and what a long space voyage would mean for a human skeleton (it's just as portrayed in 'Wall-E', believe it or not). She completely ignored one body part, though, leaving me with unanswered questions: how do astronauts blow their noses in space? Does zero gravity cause boogers to float out of their noses?

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has a sense of humor, curiosity about how bodies work, and an interest in the space program. Minus one of those and you'll be bored, grossed out, or angered (at how much money is spent on research and simulation). As for me, I was thrilled to get the inside look at the history of space exploration and am excited to support the goal of humans on Mars by 2030! Yeah!!!

(Now if only the US had stayed out of Iraq, we'd have the $500 billion for the trip.)
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message 1: by Bill (new)

Bill ESPECIALLY "like" the parenthetical, Sarah... ;-)


message 2: by Melliott (new)

Melliott Me too (re: parenthetical). Many things would be different.


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