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“America’s funniest science writer” (Washington Post) returns to explore the irresistibly strange universe of life without gravity in this New York Times bestseller.

Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? have sex? smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour? To answer these questions, space agencies set up all manner of quizzical and startlingly bizarre space simulations. As Mary Roach discovers, it’s possible to preview space without ever leaving Earth. From the space shuttle training toilet to a crash test of NASA’s new space capsule (cadaver filling in for astronaut), Roach takes us on a surreally entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth.

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    A must read for anyone that digs science.

    This, along with Roving Mars on Blu-ray, are essentials in any self-respecting geeks library. Funny, insightful, and wonderfully readable!

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    Let's go out and play!

    Completely fantastic. I don't know what else to say!

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    Packing for Mars

    Fun read! I learned a lot about many different things l wondered about. I have enjoyed two of Marys books so far. I recommend this one!

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    Informative!

    Mary Roach is brilliantly witty and investigative yet again in her book about life in space. You'll learn plenty about how astronauts live, and how humans might live on other planets. A great read!

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    Oopsie

    Very poor and out of target. You missed mars by a loooooong margin

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