Packing for Mars

This book is reportedly laugh-out-loud funny and seems to have a bunchh of interesting factoids in there as well. 

Packing for Mars, by Mary Roach

From Amazon:

"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, or sex. In Packing for Mars, Roach tackles the strange science of space travel, and the psychology, technology, and politics that go into sending a crew into orbit. Roach is unfailingly inquisitive (Why is it impolite for astronauts to float upside down during conversations? Just how smelly does a spacecraft get after a two week mission?), and she eagerly seeks out the stories that don't make it onto NASA's website--from SPCA-certified space suits for chimps, to the trial-and-error approach to crafting menus during the space program's early years (when the chefs are former livestock veterinarians, taste isn't high on the priority list). Packing for Mars is a book for grownups who still secretly dream of being astronauts, and Roach lives it up on their behalf--weightless in a C-9 aircraft, she just can't resist the opportunity to go "Supermanning" around the cabin. Her zeal for discovery, combined with her love of the absurd, amazing, and stranger-than-fiction, make Packing for Mars an uproarious trip into the world of space travel."

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  • Tammy

    also (and it probably goes without saying but just in case) make sure you watch this in full screen mode and on the biggest screen you have available because well you'll see....

    April 4, 2014

    • Marc

      Thanks for the link and tip; I just watched it on a large HDTV.... quite amazing!

      April 9, 2014

  • Tammy

    April 4, 2014

  • Kirk

    The capsule tests seem to still be ongoing, though somewhat changed: http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-26837085

    April 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am available for 2nd meeting if there is space. Email sent

    April 1, 2014

  • Martin

    Also interested in 2nd meeting

    March 28, 2014

    • Kristi

      Hi Martin. We will host a second meeting on Thursday, April 10th , 7:00 pm at our home. If you would like to attend , please email us at [masked] and I will send you address. Kristi

      March 29, 2014

  • Julie

    Thanks Kristi! I'll leave it up to you to organize via email, then. Have a great time! It's a fun book!

    1 · March 29, 2014

  • Sandy aka The Bubbly O.

    Just emailed you.

    March 29, 2014

  • Kristi

    If you would like to join us for a "second meetup" for Packing for Mars; please email us at: [masked] and I will forward our address and telephone number. Kristi

    March 29, 2014

  • Kayleigh

    I could make the second meeting on the 10th as well!

    March 29, 2014

  • Sandy aka The Bubbly O.

    I could make that. Can you add me to the 2nd meetup?

    March 28, 2014

  • Julie

    Anyone interested in hosting a meeting, let me know and I'll post it!

    March 28, 2014

    • Kristi

      Ron and I would be happy to host a meeting at our home in Hillcrest on April 10th at 7:00 pm. Maximum number would be 8 other members.

      1 · March 28, 2014

  • Sandy aka The Bubbly O.

    Yes, another meeting would be great. I'm reading it now, and would love to join up with others who are reading and/or are on the wait list.

    March 27, 2014

  • Kayleigh

    Is there going to be a second meeting for this book?

    March 27, 2014

  • Izzy S.

    I'll be out of town at a scientific meeting, darn!

    February 20, 2014

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