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Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach

In Packing for Mars, Mary Roach takes her immutable curiosity and examines the trivia and strange facets about astronauts and life in space. Not only does she bring light to little known odds and ends about past space flights, but she explores the problems posed by humans spending long periods of time in space. Not only are there hygiene issues, you can't shower and waste elimination is a constant problem, but long-term space flight comes with social and psychological challenges. Packing for Mars has received positive reviews with the Seattle Times saying, "The upside, though, is that Packing for Mars is not only a fun, fast read but also packs a lot of information into a relatively small space. Kind of like one of those sandwich cubes."
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by Janet Maslin

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by Drew DeSilver

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by Alex Spanko

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by Craig Wilson

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by Fred Bortz

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by M. G. Lord

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by Peter Carlson

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by Geoff Nicholson

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