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Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

2 Ratings: 4.5
A book by Mary Roach

Amazon Best Books of the Month, August 2010: With her wry humor and inextinguishable curiosity, Mary Roach has crafted her own quirky niche in the somewhat staid world of science writing, showing no fear (or shame) in the face of cadavers, ectoplasm, … see full wiki

Author: Mary Roach
Genre: Professional & Technical, Science
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
3 reviews about Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of...
review by . August 28, 2010
Not the triumphs and the tragedies, but the stuff in between
Author Mary Roach has an in-your-face take on science. Her first three books went where not many science writers dare to go; Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (2003), Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife (2005), and Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex (2008). Now she entertains us with Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void.       There's no overdose of astrophysics here, but plenty of pragmatic …
Quick Tip by . September 16, 2010
Do you ever dream of being an astronaut? Do you enjoy well written popular science? Do you enjoy a good laugh? Are you unembarrassed or undisturbed by a good fart joke? If this sounds like you, then PACKING FOR MARS is a book that you really must read. PACKING FOR MARS is the story about why man's biology is the sole impediment to a space flight to Mars!
review by . September 16, 2010
The ability to land a spacecraft on Mars is old hat. As a matter of fact, the technology, although it was and remains prohibitively expensive, existed over thirty years ago. The real impediment, indeed, the only impediment to manned space travel to Mars is man himself.      In PACKING FOR MARS, an inexhaustibly curious, incorrigibly irreverent and perennially humorous Mary Roach explores the myriad issues and problems that the biological package known as "man" presents …
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