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Packing for Mars by Mary Roach
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Dec 26, 2011

really liked it
Read from December 26, 2011 to August 01, 2012

I started this book last year and finally finished it off a couple of months back. The first couple of chapters, while very interesting, were kind of dry. They were about the psychological difficulties of space travel and the efforts of various space programs to prepare astronauts.

But once you get by that, oh boy, don't read this in public! I was constantly laughing out loud and the incredible amount of scientific investigation into puking, pooping, crash landings, body odor and decomposing clothing. I'm dying here as I type this.

Crazy facts. NASA used to use retired military veterinarians to design space food. It tasted terrible. It takes 7-10 days for your BO to reach peak levels, then it levels off. Good news - after 8 days you won't smell it any more. Bad news - your clothes will start to decompose around the same time. I will never complain about the amount of money NASA spends on toilet research again.

Oh, I'm not doing it justice. This book is so much funnier than me.

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