Shelley's Reviews > Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void
An investigation into life in space and our future prospects of heading to Mars. Basically, a great accompaniment to The Martian, especially since Mary Roach is known for her conversational style and love of the absurd. Where else will you read lines like, "Nothing was shot in zero gravity...I happen to know what a "cum shot in total weightlessness" would look like. I know because I've read the 1972 NASA study "Some Flow Properties of Foods in Null Gravity," and those foods included butterscotch pudding and potato soup." It's a fun mixture on the history of space travel (and what astronauts in the 60s and 70s had to put up with), what astronauts do now and what is preventing travel to Mars. It read slower than her previous books to me, but was still filled with fun facts and great humor.
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