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Packing for Mars by Mary Roach
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Apr 18, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction

I am a big fan of Mary Roach, and I found her take on space exploration to be as delightful as her other works. I really like her conversational style when discussing lots of interesting issues. There were sadly less of the asides that I loved in her other books, but as I was reading electronically, it was a blessing as I spent many frustrating attempts to navigate to footnotes on my Kindle touch. The chapter on food was particularly interesting, and the chapter on hygiene particularly nauseating. My only complaint in a way is the lack of emphasis on the Mars aspect -- it was a great history of human exploration of space and what it entails, but though Mars mentions were peppered throughout the book, there was no real discussion of Mars planning. As this book was published in 2010, it is slightly before the resurgence in Mars planning, so it is understandable, but still disappointing. All in all, not as amazing as Boink, but a great read nonetheless. If you have any interest in spaceflight, totally worth your time.

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Reading Progress

April 18, 2012 – Started Reading
April 18, 2012 – Shelved
April 18, 2012 – Shelved as: non-fiction
January 11, 2014 – Finished Reading

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