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Packing for Mars by Mary Roach
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Jan 04, 12

Read from December 04, 2011 to January 04, 2012

OMG ... this is a fantastic book. It is a brilliantly researched book on space flight and our acccmplishments to date with the objective of answering "what will it take for us to get men/women on Mars?" Dozens and dozens of interviews with astronauts, cosmonauts and anyone who is anyone at NASA, ISS and other country equivalents.

Having said that - I never EVER want to go into space. One or two of these chapters give me clausterphobia just READING about it.

It is true - however - the science of space is fascinating.

Dec 6 2011 - This book gets better and better with every chapter. It describes the little-talked about underbelly of space flight. Last night's chapter was motion sickness ... hit a footnote of such hilarity that I had tears running down my face. I tried to read it aloud for an audience and could not. Barfing dogs have never been so funny.

This is *so* going to be a five-star ...

Jan 4 2012 - This book ended up being everything I had hoped for. Roach is a spectacular writer - able to distill complex science principles into lay terms that are understandable. Plus she is funny. Her footnotes are hysterical as is her end of paragraph one liners.
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