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

Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the VoidPacking for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 stars is, alas, the most stars I can give this book. But I give it an extra imaginary star just for good measure.

What can I say about a book that, in concise and funny verbiage, examines some of the worst parts of a mission to Mars? Things you never, ever think about? How do clothes get washed? What happens if you have to go to the bathroom? What about food particles? G-forces? Can you jump out of a crashing space lander? How much food does it take for a two year manned mission? Can you have sex in zero-G? And really, how do they design the toilets?

And more. I loved Mary Roach’s previous books but this one is the best of all of them. If you are interested in manned space flight at all, this book is incredibly educational. And it will make you really think about the engineering of getting human beings to Mars.

Absolutely recommended. Brisk, fun, educational read. Available on the Kindle.

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