Packing for Mars

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Mary Roach

Narrated By: Sandra Burr

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Date: August 2010

Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes


Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can't walk for a year? have sex? smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a spacewalk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout from space? To answer these questions, space agencies set up all manner of quizzical and startlingly bizarre space simulations. As Mary Roach discovers, it's possible to preview space without ever leaving Earth. From the Space Shuttle training toilet to a crash test of NASA's new space capsule (cadaver filling in for astronaut), Roach takes us on a surreally entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth.


  • Kathleen Loucks

    Lots of information told in an engaging way.. I love how Mary Roach's brain works. I think it's easier to "read" as an audio because she has a lot of footnotes to her story.

  • Paul Kreinheder

    An enlightening and rather funny look at the mundane challenges NASA must overcome for a successful manned mission to mars. It includes dedicated chapters on overcoming space sickness and disposal of human waste. This book is hilarious and a perfect traveling companion. -Ry

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