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

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

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As interesting as spaceflight might be, many people are just as fascinated by the side-effects of it. How do you endure living in a tiny space for months, where there’s no privacy, and more importantly, no gravity?

“Packing for Mars” answers these questions. However, the book is not just about the gory details. Roach also studies the cultural differences which exist in spaceflight, for example: in Japan, psychologists evaluate astronaut candidates by their ability to fold origami cranes swiftly under stress. There are also the extraordinary tests done by NASA, where a bone-loss-study participant was forced to lie in bed for three months to simulate the effect of weightlessness on his skeleton. “Packing for Mars” is funny, sometimes even slapstick, but also genuinely interesting.

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Packing for Mars – The Curious Science of Life in the Void is available in the UA Library

Anouk Vleugels

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