Monday, August 3, 2015

Nonfiction Book Club: Packing For Mars

There’s something new in the blogging universe; Katie at Doing Dewey is hosting an online NONFICTION book club on her blog! This is the debut month, so it is easy to jump in. I did! I can’t say I know exactly how it is going to all work, but it looks simple enough, and a lot of fun. And I’m sure they more that participate, the more fun we will have.

The first selection is Packing For Mars by Mary Roach. 

Here’s a synopsis from Goodreads.

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 space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour?

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.

Hop on over to Doing Dewey and read all about it, Then get the book and jump in! You can find the kick-off post here.
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