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Publisher Description

“America’s funniest science writer” (Washington Post) returns to explore the irresistibly strange universe of life without gravity in this New York Times bestseller.

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.

Science & Nature
April 4
W. W. Norton & Company
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Customer Reviews

StevenNYC ,

Fun and fascinating

Full of interesting tidbits, it's a great glimpse in to the human side of space that nobody talks about. The little kid inside of me now has answers to a lot of questions.

Data Wrangler ,

The Raw Underbelly of Living in Space


Mary Roach goes where no "man" has gone before (well few investigative reporters at least). With eloquent humor she investigates the "ins" and "outs" of eating in space, life without bathing, "space sickness", and all of the the other things seldom discussed by the NASA PR machine.

A good read for space enthusiasts and space history buffs. This book should be required reading for wannabe "space tourists".

OrofinoMan ,

Wonderful book

Almost done with all of mary's books.. Will be sad when that happens.

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