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4 days ago Packing For Mars The Curious Science Of Life In The Void - [Free] Packing due to the advances that modern science claims to make. (PDF) I. Packing for Mars: the curious science of life in the void / Mary Roach. http:// resourceone.info main_SPpdf. Ryan, Craig. resourceone.info Q. What drew you to make a documentary about the various government projects involved with time-space travel on this and.
If you were going to another country, you might even get shots to make sure you wouldn't get sick. Once you were ready, you'd bring lots of snacks, pack the car, and go. Going to Mars is just like going on that car trip, except that nobody's ever been there before. At NASA, we'd like to visit Mars as soon as possible, but we have a lot of learning and packing to do first.
Recently, planning for the Mars trip got a big boost. In a speech given in January, President George W. First Steps The first step was to figure out what Mars looks like. During some parts of the year, you can see Mars in the sky as a bright, red dot. If we're going to go there, though, we need much better pictures. From those images we learned that Mars had volcanoes three times larger than Mount Everest and a canyon more than 10 times larger than the Grand Canyon. The next step was to land something on Mars that could record the weather and take pictures of the ground.
How could it have been different? Why do you think humans are so fascinated by the prospect of visiting Mars and beyond? What is it about the unknown that is so intriguing?
Why do you think nations glorify astronauts? Do they risk more than people in other dangerous professions? Cultural differences can cause major problems on space flights. How do you think space agencies should deal with these differences? How can people from various national backgrounds be taught to understand other cultures? How do you think the space program will progress in the future?
Do you think we should try to reach the outer limits of visible space? Roach ends her work very optimistically about the future of space travel. After reading about all the dangers and costs associated with space travel, do you think it is worth it?
With no water or wind to smooth them, the tiny hard moon rock particles remain sharp. They scratch faceplates and camera lenses and cling to spacesuits like dryer socks. Astronaut Jim Lovell tells the story of the Apollo 12 crew, whose suits and long johns became so filthy that they all took off their underwear and were naked for half the way home. NASA pays people to lie in bed.
Muscle is regained in a matter of weeks once astronauts return to Earth and bed-resters get out of bed , but bones take 3—6 months to recover. It has been reported that astronauts return from six-month space station stints with 15 to 20 percent less bone than they had when they left. Without gravity the simple act of urination can become a medical emergency requiring catheterization and embarrassing phone calls with a flight surgeon.
Consequently, every U. Space travel makes religious observations very tricky. Zero gravity and a minute orbital day created so many questions for Muslim astronauts that special guidelines were drafted.
And, instead of lowering the face to the ground, a trying maneuver in zero gravity, prostrating oneself could be approximated by bringing down the chin closer to the knee, or simply imagining the sequence of movements. To figure out how best to prevent motion sickness you first need to figure out how best to bring it on. Why the Space Program Costs so Much.
Because its run by a load of backward-thinking dickheads, contrary to what you might think. Mary Roach seems to have an obsession with poo. I did actually want to know about toilet facilities in space, but not two-chapters worth of knowledge.
Similarly a chapter about sex, although no-one apart from one Russian wanker literally actually admits Note: Similarly a chapter about sex, although no-one apart from one Russian wanker literally actually admits to having it at all. The author does make the point though that weightlessness might make union difficult unless one employed a third person to push the two together, much like dolphins apparently do in the equally weightless medium of water.
I wanted to know much more about questions the author chose not to address to do with food, leisure time Do they watch movies, read books or just go for a stroll? How did they do their hair, did it grow faster or slower on the space station?
Did they grow food of any kind? What about insects - did any of those find themselves on a trip to space and what happened to them if they did? Loads of things What I did learn was that anything built for space is subject to one restriction - it must be as small and light as possible as each extra pound costs thousands of dollars in the extra thrust needed to send it into space.
However, there are certain taboos that cannot be overcome and the governments of both the USA and Russia are willing to spend out all the extra money in the world to make sure that men, as ever, not matter how fake it is, reign supreme. Women are smaller, lighter and consequently generally eat less food, drink less water and breathe less air so naturally they should be the astronauts. NASA could raise only one objection to women in space which obviously must have been solved by now, as there are female astronauts, that urine droplets do not separate from the genitals and pubic hair 'cleanly' as they do in men.
I'm not joking. Have they never heard of http: So essentially the whole space program would be much more cost-effective if women were astronauts and men, unless they were quite little, stayed home and looked after the babies. But we couldn't have that, could we? American values count for more! View all 17 comments. Mar 15, carol. Roach is well known for her earlier books, Stiff about human cadavers , Bonk science and sex and Spook the afterlife.
However, willingness to take on the scatological is just part of her hook; she integrates information about the program in general as well as Earth-based research supporting it. I learned a lot more of the e Roach is well known for her earlier books, Stiff about human cadavers , Bonk science and sex and Spook the afterlife.
The section on food and nutrition was horrifying, as well as the section on defecating. I had never really thought about the extent to which astronauts sacrifice their personal privacy; she has a hysterical transcript from Mission Control where controllers are asking about astronaut flatulence.
Roach even explores some of the ongoing studies impacting space travel. One covered in some detail is an Earth-based study examining the impact of 3 months of bed rest on bone structure, and the poor people who volunteered for it.
A note for those who like accuracy in titles: The book had an extra impact of nostalgia back when I read this—it was close to the last shuttle launch. Sad now to see so much of the program being planned for obsolescence when it was an international preoccupation for decades. Thank you, astronauts for your sacrifices. Laugh out loud lines: View all 4 comments.
Sep 21, Greta rated it really liked it Shelves: This was a fascinating trip. I learned a lot about seals, black bears, dolphins, rats, dogs and chimps. En route I also learned something about astronauts and their way of life in space. And this kind of life is not at all what I had imagined even in my wildest dreams.
Let me warn you, if you've ever fantasized about taking a vacation in space, you should read this book first.
The comfort in a space hotel is basic, even if you paid billions of dollars for a 5-twinkling-star hotel. If yo This was a fascinating trip. If you consider yourself a hygienic person, you don't want to book a space hotel.
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There are no showers! And not being able to chance your socks for several days, can be a real downer for your co-travelers. If you love a well-prepared meal, you don't want to visit space either. Space hotels hire veterinarians to cook your meals. Also, a comfortable toilet is out of the question.
Holding the astro-newspaper while hovering above the toilet is no mean feat to do. If you don't mind to face all these uncomfortable conditions, just to enjoy a nice, dreamlike stroll in space, be prepared to do some bungee-jumping during your spacewalk. Scuba-divers however, will feel comfortable in space much more likely than the average hiker. Don't expect that you will meet many people during your stay in space. This is a solitary trip. Before you depart for the stars, you should ask your therapist if you are up to it.
If you love to socialize during your travels, you better visit Spain. Couples that want to make love in space, should consider bringing a third person to help out.
I really don't advice this trip to newly-weds. Even if a honeymoon on the moon sounds really romantic, it could be devastating for a young couple's future sex-life. Also, delivering a baby in space is not something you want to do, however awesome it sounds. The baby could be traumatized for the rest of its earthly life.
The flight to your space hotel can be really nasty too. Ever been sick in a car or on a ship? You've seen felt nothing yet. Being deaf-mute is an advantage though. And landing back on earth after an adventurous travel, can be really bumpy. Don't even think about making this trip if you have osteoporoses. View all 55 comments. Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout Rating: My Review: I deeply envy those not claustrophobic or clumsy or tall Fatness, it seems, was once mooted by a NASA consultant, as a desideratum Why send food up?
Fat folks can do a little slimming and science at the same time! Leaving aside the Donner-Party-in-Space horrors of the clueless and thin, Mary Roach's delight of a book is packed with interesting and surprising research, her own and others's. Filming you at this well, ummm, intimate moment of activity? Discovering thereby that uhhhh curls form in zero G? She's funny, she's curious, she's smart, and damn it all, she's married.
So she marshals a raft of facts in her quest to know, and impart to us, necessary background information and bizarre little side-trails of information about the quest of the US and now Russian governments to put and keep humans in space.
Each chapter tackles different specialties in the space race: Her completely unserious side is always on display, and makes what would otherwise be a government briefing document anyone who has ever read a government briefing document will attest that there is no reading matter more effective in inducing short-term coma into a sparkling, sprightly tour of a quixotic, hugely expensive boondoggle.
At the end of this particular garden path that Mary's leading us down is a manned mission to Mars. She asks baldly, "Is Mars worth it?
Benjamin Franklin said it best: Asked what use the first manned balloon flights were, Franklin replied, "What use is a new-born baby? View all 20 comments.
Mar 22, Bradley rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mary Roach is a funny woman. I guess that's what you get when no subject is taboo and she has the charm to pull it all off. What does she pull off? A full, scientifically accurate look at the little stuff in life. Astronauts living in space was rather more the focus.
We're not quite ready to go to Mars. But at least we're ready to drink our pee! Seriously though, beyond the last quarter of the book being devoted to floating poo in a very fun and educational way, the whole book Mary Roach is a funny woman. Seriously though, beyond the last quarter of the book being devoted to floating poo in a very fun and educational way, the whole book is a serious work of scholarship, investigation, and interview. We can throw out a lot of the myths and add a whole lot of true facts to our bags thanks to this non-fiction.
I honestly had a great time reading it. And since this is my second Mary Roach, I think I may be plunging ahead to read more. View all 13 comments. Fascinating and well considered. Lots of gross facts about conditions in outer space. Space travel does not resemble Star Trek at this time.
I don't want to go to Mars personally and I'm traumatized by the concept of the impending voyage at our current level of technology, but I relish the idea of some other poor soul dreamer willing to endure the trip. Listened to on audible narrated by Sandra Burr. I thought she did a good job. Listened to the Audio version. I did not expect to be so captivated by this book. After all, I barely paid attention when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon in I was a very mature seven year old, and I had seen better space "movies" at the local theater.
My interest in the space program remained low while I was growing up.
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Of course, I watched and cried over the Challenger and Columbia disasters. But otherwise, I was mostly oblivious.
I suppose it was not until Nasa announced that the shuttle flights were coming to an end I did not expect to be so captivated by this book. I suppose it was not until Nasa announced that the shuttle flights were coming to an end, that I began to get truly interested in our trips to space. I now make frequent vists to http: I tramp outside at all hours, in freezing weather, cursing heavy cloud cover, just hoping to catch a glimpse of a fast moving light in the sky.
I am a huge fan of Roach's writing style and her need to always look at the strange side of life. She asks the questions I would, if I had the chance and were bold, and unembarrassed enough, to ask. She covers all manner of topics - helmet design, crash safety, long term effects of weightlessness, food, how to keep clean in space, and the bane of most of my life - motion sickness.
And yes, there is an entire chapter devoted to how to poop in space. Mary Roach has certainly captured the magic and wonder in this book. In a voice as excited as a child on Christmas Eve, she paints a loving tribute to astronauts, both human and animal, who dedicated, and sometimes, gave their lives to exploration.
There was a rule in my house growing up: When my older sister would start going on about how she clogged the toilet or an episode of smelly burps, my very Southern mother would intervene. Would anyone like more peach cobbler?
Her book is overflowing with bodily functions: Not a little mention here or there. We are talking an entire chapter per topic! Mary knows people are secretly curious. In the interest of full disclosure, the book ventures beyond the bathroom and bedroom to discuss other topics such as the psychological impact of isolation.
There is also a chapter about space food — which logically ends on a discussion of flatulence. Oh, and there is a chapter about sending animals up in space — which investigates the rumor that one chimp had a masturbation problem.
Huh, Mary better stick to complimenting my mother on the pot roast. Mary shares a knack with A. Jacobs for taking a potentially dry topic, finding the quirky tidbits, and exploiting them to their full comedic potential. And she will go out of her way for a joke. A really long way. Putting aside the hilarity, Mary is a strong writer who clearly did her research.
She managed to impart a great deal of useful information. You could say Mary deglamorizes astronauts. I am a nuts-and-bolts kind of girl — so is Mary. Yet Mary retains a sense of wonder at how fundamentally awesome it would be to go up there. Sure, dinner may come out of a tube, but at least you can gawk out the window at Earth while you eat it. While I thoroughly enjoyed the book, I could not judge how accurately it portrayed the overall issues and technical aspects of spaceflight.
The people sitting around me could. I feel pretty confident stating that the experts approve of her book. They were all happy to be there on a Friday night.
And guess who else was in the audience? Mary gave a shout out to Renee for telling her about the bed rest facility where people are paid to laze around all day. This eventually turned into chapter More importantly, it was where she found the inspiration to pursue an entire book about spaceflight. As I was reading, I pictured Mary as enthusiastic, charming, and persistent. How else could she have gotten into all those cool places? Meeting her confirmed my impression.
And her curiosity is so great that she started interviewing her interviewer — who was John Charles, a NASA employee and a source featured in the book. At one point, Mary described herself as having the mind of a twelve year old boy — which helps explain why she focuses on such oddball topics. She confessed to not watching the moon landing as a child and how her sources had to hold her hand through the technicalities.
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That is it. Guess away! My bet is on sea creatures. Leo put forth water shortage crises. View all 14 comments. They tick all of the boxes — they are witty, wise, fascinatingly interesting and written by someone with an eye that unfailingly spots human foibles.
The beauty of her writing is that rather than pointing and laughing, she embrace our foibles and makes us fell all the more human because of them. This one starts slow — she should have cut maybe the first chapter or so.
In fact, it starts so slowly that I was afraid I was witnessing the loss of one of my favourite writers. I was excitedly telling my mother about this book the other day when she said something that really surprised me. It had never occurred to me that someone might not want to know about that.
It is all a matter of coming and going, I guess. How could you not be interested in the problems zero gravity present to your bladder? Or that the bag you defecate into also needs antibacterial cream mashed through it before it can be disposed of thoughtfully.
This is a look at the all-too-human sides of space exploration and some of the proposals to deal with issues space exploration presents — Muslim prayer times, for example.
These are exactly the sorts of things I would never think to think about. I love how obvious some of the solutions to these seemingly intractable problems have turned out to be. Who would think of putting a camera in a toilet bowl to help train for the best sitting position? The book looks at some of the crazier myths that have surrounded NASA, like the masturbating chimp story that seems to have been completely fabricated.
I really enjoyed this book and am prepared to admit that perhaps that makes me strange. A lot of the coping they need to do involves abandoning social taboos we take utterly for granted.
Defecating while sitting beside a work colleague, for example, would surely prove a challenge for most of us. It is remarkable how well people do cope with these challenges and wonderful to hear about the ingenuity that is applied to solving these issues. View all 8 comments. There's a bit of space science in this book, but it's mostly a humorous, immensely scatalogical romp through the space program.
By reading this book, you will gain a treasure trove of trivia, ranging from astronaut food, defecation, odors, nausea, to the earliest, non-human astronauts who were shot up into space on rockets. You will learn the real reason why women were not enlisted as astronauts in the early days of NASA, which turns out to be the exact same reason why Russians did include women There's a bit of space science in this book, but it's mostly a humorous, immensely scatalogical romp through the space program.
You will learn the real reason why women were not enlisted as astronauts in the early days of NASA, which turns out to be the exact same reason why Russians did include women astronauts! No subject is considered taboo in this book. The book describes the "potty-cam" at Johnson Space Center. It sits inside a toilet, looking upward, to help train astronauts how to sit on a specially-designed toilet in space. Viewing the real-time video feed, Mary Roach writes that the view is a bit like looking at your home planet for the first time from space.I like the idea of space sex having to be a threesome.
I already feel smarter. I tramp outside at all hours, in freezing weather, cursing heavy cloud cover, just hoping to catch a glimpse of a fast moving light in the sky.
Isolation and confinement are issues of no small concerns to space agencies. My bet is on sea creatures. The cosmonaut was given a sealed envelope containing the secret combination to unlock the controls. Disappointing just doesn't cut it.