Thanks to author Mary Roach, we’re giving away 3 copies of Packing for Mars!
Packing for Mars is a nonfiction tale of one writer’s quest to learn about space, astronauts, and what it would take to send someone to Mars.
I was surprised by everything I read in this book. Particularly, the complex and frustrating life of an astronaut. Not only do they have to commit most of their life to the space program, they have to relearn everything in space including potty training, eat food cubes galore, put up with wicked motion sickness, and hoards of mental and physical tests and training exercises….all while keeping a perfectly calm face. Because if they lose it for a second or bring anyone’s attention to a struggle they are having, they’re grounded. They won’t be on a mission in space and their life’s dream is gone.
Needless to say if I had ever wondered about being in a space program, I know now that that was just a dream. I’m not that patient.
I’ve learned more about space, astronauts, and the history of space travel than I ever have in school. All the questions one ponders but does not have the ability to ask were answered in this book.
For instance, did you know…
-That some astronaut’s experience “space euphoria” in which a feeling of sheer bliss takes hold…which sounds nice, right? Except that same astronaut becomes so consumed that there is a refusal to go back in the space capsule. They simply want to float in space uninhibited. It’s all up to the crew inside the capsule to get that person back in or eventually, cut them loose should they fail to do so.
-Space motion sickness is a secret misery and extreme nuisance to astronauts. Turning your head too fast or too much can trigger it. (That sure seems easy, right?) It was also the same reason behind the entire crew of Soyuz 10 mission abort.
-The stretch receptors in your bladder fail to work in space. Thus, the normal “signal” to go is completely absent.
-In consideration for a four-man mission to Mars (three year mission time count), NASA has looked into clothing made from egg whites and chicken feathers as a means of clothing and food combined.
-When you breathe out in space, the carbon dioxide stays fixated around you leading to a massive headache due to the lack of oxygen if you’re not too careful.
-You’re three inches taller in space due to the fact that your spine stretches out.
The best part of this book besides extremely cool facts is Mary’s ability to communicate science language into plain English. As you read the book, you feel as if you’re learning everything about space just as the author is…without the typical “science talk” that can be difficult to understand and read!
This book is by far the best book out there if your looking to learn what’s beyond earth, what’s been done in space, how one even lives in space, and the life of an astronaut in a funny, simple manner.
And if I may say so myself, a perfect Christmas gift for anyone!
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*What’s your all time favorite space-themed movie or T.V. show?
For example: Hands down for me is the T.V. show Battlestar Galactica.