Home > 2010-2011 books, Author of European descent, From: library, Genre: Non-fiction, Library: Boston Public Library, Setting: Japan, Setting: The USA > 7. “Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void,” Mary Roach

7. “Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void,” Mary Roach

December 24, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Mary Roach looks at the history of the US (and Russia’s) space program to feel out the feasibility of a future peopled mission to Mars.

This is the sort of thing Mary Roach does well: exhaustive Googling paired with access to important people and a willingness to ask questions that embarrass both of them. Poop factoids abound and it is a fun and quick read.

Note to self: Read Mike Mullane’s biography. Apparently he is one of the astronauts most willing to make a good poop joke.

Page count: 321
Page total: 1,865

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  1. December 28, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    I wrote the name of Mullane’s autobio on, like, twelve scraps of paper when I read Roach’s book! I’m putting it on my library list right now!

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