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

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

The best-selling author of Stiff and Bonk explores the irresistibly strange universe of space travel and life without gravity. 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 weirdn The best-selling author of Stiff and Bonk explores the irresistibly strange universe of space travel and life without...

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Title:Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void
Author:Mary Roach
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Genres:Nonfiction
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:334 pages pages

Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void Reviews

  • David
    Jan 22, 2011

    Maybe she could have titled the book The Right Stiff. I needed to have tissues handy while reading Mary Roach?s latest. No, it is not because it made me sad, but because I was laughing so hard my eyes were gushing. Mary Roach has had that effect on me before. I have read two of h...

    Space?the final frontier: where intrepid heroes break free from the mortal bonds of Mother Earth to experience such singular marvels as: 1. Fecal popcorning (definition forthcoming); 2. Condom-shaped urinal devices (with different sizes for, um, different sizes); 3. Weight...

    I?m a big space geek and have spent countless hours reading or watching documentaries about manned space flight. I?ve seen a space shuttle launch and been through the Kennedy Space Center a couple of times. I went and saw the traveling exhibit of Gus Grissom?s capsule that was re...

    Martians eagerly awaiting our arrival! Don't they look thrilled? I have doubts this will ever happen. I don't see us going to Mars anytime soon. There are too many issues. The odds are stacked against us. But who knows what the future brings? One day our great-great-gre...

    Note: the dolphin-sex thing appears to be a hoax. Shame that. I like the idea of space sex having to be a threesome. 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 obsess...

    This was a fascinating trip. Really. 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 d...

    Rating: 4.5* of five The Publisher Says: 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 ...

    Roach is well known for her earlier books, Stiff (about human cadavers), Bonk (science and sex) and Spook (the afterlife). In Packing, she takes on the US space program, and how it?s dealt with many of the everyday biological issues we take for granted? such as washing, eating, a...

    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...

    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 1969. 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 w...

    There was a rule in my house growing up: no talking about ?bodily functions?. 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. ?Jill, there will no discussion of bodily functions at ...

    I?ve read two other Roach books and have really loved them. 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...

    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 ...

  • Trevor
    Sep 23, 2010

    Maybe she could have titled the book The Right Stiff. I needed to have tissues handy while reading Mary Roach?s latest. No, it is not because it made me sad, but because I was laughing so hard my eyes were gushing. Mary Roach has had that effect on me before. I have read two of h...

    Space?the final frontier: where intrepid heroes break free from the mortal bonds of Mother Earth to experience such singular marvels as: 1. Fecal popcorning (definition forthcoming); 2. Condom-shaped urinal devices (with different sizes for, um, different sizes); 3. Weight...

    I?m a big space geek and have spent countless hours reading or watching documentaries about manned space flight. I?ve seen a space shuttle launch and been through the Kennedy Space Center a couple of times. I went and saw the traveling exhibit of Gus Grissom?s capsule that was re...

    Martians eagerly awaiting our arrival! Don't they look thrilled? I have doubts this will ever happen. I don't see us going to Mars anytime soon. There are too many issues. The odds are stacked against us. But who knows what the future brings? One day our great-great-gre...

    Note: the dolphin-sex thing appears to be a hoax. Shame that. I like the idea of space sex having to be a threesome. 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 obsess...

    This was a fascinating trip. Really. 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 d...

    Rating: 4.5* of five The Publisher Says: 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 ...

    Roach is well known for her earlier books, Stiff (about human cadavers), Bonk (science and sex) and Spook (the afterlife). In Packing, she takes on the US space program, and how it?s dealt with many of the everyday biological issues we take for granted? such as washing, eating, a...

    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...

    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 1969. 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 w...

    There was a rule in my house growing up: no talking about ?bodily functions?. 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. ?Jill, there will no discussion of bodily functions at ...

    I?ve read two other Roach books and have really loved them. 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...

  • Jackie "the Librarian"
    May 24, 2011

    Maybe she could have titled the book The Right Stiff. I needed to have tissues handy while reading Mary Roach?s latest. No, it is not because it made me sad, but because I was laughing so hard my eyes were gushing. Mary Roach has had that effect on me before. I have read two of h...

    Space?the final frontier: where intrepid heroes break free from the mortal bonds of Mother Earth to experience such singular marvels as: 1. Fecal popcorning (definition forthcoming); 2. Condom-shaped urinal devices (with different sizes for, um, different sizes); 3. Weight...

    I?m a big space geek and have spent countless hours reading or watching documentaries about manned space flight. I?ve seen a space shuttle launch and been through the Kennedy Space Center a couple of times. I went and saw the traveling exhibit of Gus Grissom?s capsule that was re...

    Martians eagerly awaiting our arrival! Don't they look thrilled? I have doubts this will ever happen. I don't see us going to Mars anytime soon. There are too many issues. The odds are stacked against us. But who knows what the future brings? One day our great-great-gre...

    Note: the dolphin-sex thing appears to be a hoax. Shame that. I like the idea of space sex having to be a threesome. 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 obsess...

    This was a fascinating trip. Really. 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 d...

    Rating: 4.5* of five The Publisher Says: 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 ...

    Roach is well known for her earlier books, Stiff (about human cadavers), Bonk (science and sex) and Spook (the afterlife). In Packing, she takes on the US space program, and how it?s dealt with many of the everyday biological issues we take for granted? such as washing, eating, a...

    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...

    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 1969. 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 w...

    There was a rule in my house growing up: no talking about ?bodily functions?. 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. ?Jill, there will no discussion of bodily functions at ...

    I?ve read two other Roach books and have really loved them. 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...

    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 ...

    If you're looking for a fun non-fiction about space/astronauts I would recommend it! With that said, be warned that pooping in space is a big problem and you'll learn about it in length! ...

    **This review contains profanity and dick and fart jokes.** I've been trying to write this review for what feels like hours now (Its actually been about 10 minutes). It's not that I didn't take notes, because I did, lots and lots of notes. This... thing... sitting next to me resembl...

    When I was in the sixth grade we had a science project. I remember this well, we had to learn all about rockets and space travel. When we were to reach the end of all the information, we were going to have a test on what we learned. Nothing new there right? Oh but there was?? ...

    Love Mary Roach, but I didn't find this as entertaining as some of her other books. I got a few fun factoids to share with my family, so I guess that's a win. ...

    Bullet Review: Huh. Not quite what I was expecting - more a "look at all these weird things in space" than anything close to a checklist of things necessary for a Mars mission. And those weird things seem to focus A LOT on bodily functions. I wish we spent more time on how bad th...

    I will read anything by Mary Roach. Of course, my favorite parts in this book were about farting and pooping in a space suit. Hilarious. ...

    3.5 stars ***I'm reposting this review in honor of Neil Armstrong (August 5, 1930 ? August 25, 2012) who died today at the age of 82. "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." --Neil Armstrong Well...that was...interesting. This book is so thoroughly researche...

    I've always maintained a passing interest in space travel and with my burgeoning love of Sci-Fi starting to develop, I thought that this was the right book to pick up. With Packing for Mars, Mary Roach takes the reader on a journey through the bizarre history of space travel and the to...

    [4 Stars] This book was incredibly fascinating although a bit disturbing from time to time. You get to know some of the details about all of the strange things that accompany thoughts of space travel: how to you poop in space, what is the screening process like for astronauts, food in ...

    Wow! An excellent piece of very readable research of our journey into space & all the considerations for a trip to Mars in, hopefully, 2030. As usual, Roach captured the human side & presented it with plenty of humor. The research had to be difficult for her in many cases. N...

    I have an awkward relationship with Mary Roach. I find her humor forced, blatant, and poorly timed and so it always falls flat to me. I realize that a lot of people really appreciate her humor, but it just doesn?t click for me. Actually, I bet I think she was really funny if I heard ...

    Mary Roach has made quite a career writing quirky, irreverent books on some of the weirder corners of science. She's covered corpses, the afterlife, sex, and now space. So all the cool subjects. As it turns out, space exploration is a rich and varied subject. Every aspect of life in sp...

    This book is funny, gross, and fascinating, and I am SO not suited to be an astronaut! If YOU want to be an astronaut, you?d better have a strong stomach and a big tolerance for grossness in general. I had NO IDEA a book about travel in space would read like a scene from a Judd Apa...

  • Kemper
    Aug 03, 2010

    Maybe she could have titled the book The Right Stiff. I needed to have tissues handy while reading Mary Roach?s latest. No, it is not because it made me sad, but because I was laughing so hard my eyes were gushing. Mary Roach has had that effect on me before. I have read two of h...

    Space?the final frontier: where intrepid heroes break free from the mortal bonds of Mother Earth to experience such singular marvels as: 1. Fecal popcorning (definition forthcoming); 2. Condom-shaped urinal devices (with different sizes for, um, different sizes); 3. Weight...

    I?m a big space geek and have spent countless hours reading or watching documentaries about manned space flight. I?ve seen a space shuttle launch and been through the Kennedy Space Center a couple of times. I went and saw the traveling exhibit of Gus Grissom?s capsule that was re...

  • Jim
    Feb 01, 2011

    Maybe she could have titled the book The Right Stiff. I needed to have tissues handy while reading Mary Roach?s latest. No, it is not because it made me sad, but because I was laughing so hard my eyes were gushing. Mary Roach has had that effect on me before. I have read two of h...

    Space?the final frontier: where intrepid heroes break free from the mortal bonds of Mother Earth to experience such singular marvels as: 1. Fecal popcorning (definition forthcoming); 2. Condom-shaped urinal devices (with different sizes for, um, different sizes); 3. Weight...

    I?m a big space geek and have spent countless hours reading or watching documentaries about manned space flight. I?ve seen a space shuttle launch and been through the Kennedy Space Center a couple of times. I went and saw the traveling exhibit of Gus Grissom?s capsule that was re...

    Martians eagerly awaiting our arrival! Don't they look thrilled? I have doubts this will ever happen. I don't see us going to Mars anytime soon. There are too many issues. The odds are stacked against us. But who knows what the future brings? One day our great-great-gre...

    Note: the dolphin-sex thing appears to be a hoax. Shame that. I like the idea of space sex having to be a threesome. 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 obsess...

    This was a fascinating trip. Really. 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 d...

    Rating: 4.5* of five The Publisher Says: 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 ...

    Roach is well known for her earlier books, Stiff (about human cadavers), Bonk (science and sex) and Spook (the afterlife). In Packing, she takes on the US space program, and how it?s dealt with many of the everyday biological issues we take for granted? such as washing, eating, a...

    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...

    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 1969. 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 w...

    There was a rule in my house growing up: no talking about ?bodily functions?. 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. ?Jill, there will no discussion of bodily functions at ...

    I?ve read two other Roach books and have really loved them. 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...

    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 ...

    If you're looking for a fun non-fiction about space/astronauts I would recommend it! With that said, be warned that pooping in space is a big problem and you'll learn about it in length! ...

    **This review contains profanity and dick and fart jokes.** I've been trying to write this review for what feels like hours now (Its actually been about 10 minutes). It's not that I didn't take notes, because I did, lots and lots of notes. This... thing... sitting next to me resembl...

    When I was in the sixth grade we had a science project. I remember this well, we had to learn all about rockets and space travel. When we were to reach the end of all the information, we were going to have a test on what we learned. Nothing new there right? Oh but there was?? ...

    Love Mary Roach, but I didn't find this as entertaining as some of her other books. I got a few fun factoids to share with my family, so I guess that's a win. ...

    Bullet Review: Huh. Not quite what I was expecting - more a "look at all these weird things in space" than anything close to a checklist of things necessary for a Mars mission. And those weird things seem to focus A LOT on bodily functions. I wish we spent more time on how bad th...

    I will read anything by Mary Roach. Of course, my favorite parts in this book were about farting and pooping in a space suit. Hilarious. ...

    3.5 stars ***I'm reposting this review in honor of Neil Armstrong (August 5, 1930 ? August 25, 2012) who died today at the age of 82. "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." --Neil Armstrong Well...that was...interesting. This book is so thoroughly researche...

    I've always maintained a passing interest in space travel and with my burgeoning love of Sci-Fi starting to develop, I thought that this was the right book to pick up. With Packing for Mars, Mary Roach takes the reader on a journey through the bizarre history of space travel and the to...

    [4 Stars] This book was incredibly fascinating although a bit disturbing from time to time. You get to know some of the details about all of the strange things that accompany thoughts of space travel: how to you poop in space, what is the screening process like for astronauts, food in ...

    Wow! An excellent piece of very readable research of our journey into space & all the considerations for a trip to Mars in, hopefully, 2030. As usual, Roach captured the human side & presented it with plenty of humor. The research had to be difficult for her in many cases. N...

  • Stephanie *Very Stable Genius*
    Dec 15, 2010

    Maybe she could have titled the book The Right Stiff. I needed to have tissues handy while reading Mary Roach?s latest. No, it is not because it made me sad, but because I was laughing so hard my eyes were gushing. Mary Roach has had that effect on me before. I have read two of h...

    Space?the final frontier: where intrepid heroes break free from the mortal bonds of Mother Earth to experience such singular marvels as: 1. Fecal popcorning (definition forthcoming); 2. Condom-shaped urinal devices (with different sizes for, um, different sizes); 3. Weight...

    I?m a big space geek and have spent countless hours reading or watching documentaries about manned space flight. I?ve seen a space shuttle launch and been through the Kennedy Space Center a couple of times. I went and saw the traveling exhibit of Gus Grissom?s capsule that was re...

    Martians eagerly awaiting our arrival! Don't they look thrilled? I have doubts this will ever happen. I don't see us going to Mars anytime soon. There are too many issues. The odds are stacked against us. But who knows what the future brings? One day our great-great-gre...

    Note: the dolphin-sex thing appears to be a hoax. Shame that. I like the idea of space sex having to be a threesome. 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 obsess...

    This was a fascinating trip. Really. 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 d...

    Rating: 4.5* of five The Publisher Says: 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 ...

    Roach is well known for her earlier books, Stiff (about human cadavers), Bonk (science and sex) and Spook (the afterlife). In Packing, she takes on the US space program, and how it?s dealt with many of the everyday biological issues we take for granted? such as washing, eating, a...

    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...

    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 1969. 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 w...

    There was a rule in my house growing up: no talking about ?bodily functions?. 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. ?Jill, there will no discussion of bodily functions at ...

    I?ve read two other Roach books and have really loved them. 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...

    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 ...

    If you're looking for a fun non-fiction about space/astronauts I would recommend it! With that said, be warned that pooping in space is a big problem and you'll learn about it in length! ...

    **This review contains profanity and dick and fart jokes.** I've been trying to write this review for what feels like hours now (Its actually been about 10 minutes). It's not that I didn't take notes, because I did, lots and lots of notes. This... thing... sitting next to me resembl...

    When I was in the sixth grade we had a science project. I remember this well, we had to learn all about rockets and space travel. When we were to reach the end of all the information, we were going to have a test on what we learned. Nothing new there right? Oh but there was?? ...

  • Michael
    Aug 12, 2010

    Maybe she could have titled the book The Right Stiff. I needed to have tissues handy while reading Mary Roach?s latest. No, it is not because it made me sad, but because I was laughing so hard my eyes were gushing. Mary Roach has had that effect on me before. I have read two of h...

    Space?the final frontier: where intrepid heroes break free from the mortal bonds of Mother Earth to experience such singular marvels as: 1. Fecal popcorning (definition forthcoming); 2. Condom-shaped urinal devices (with different sizes for, um, different sizes); 3. Weight...

    I?m a big space geek and have spent countless hours reading or watching documentaries about manned space flight. I?ve seen a space shuttle launch and been through the Kennedy Space Center a couple of times. I went and saw the traveling exhibit of Gus Grissom?s capsule that was re...

    Martians eagerly awaiting our arrival! Don't they look thrilled? I have doubts this will ever happen. I don't see us going to Mars anytime soon. There are too many issues. The odds are stacked against us. But who knows what the future brings? One day our great-great-gre...

    Note: the dolphin-sex thing appears to be a hoax. Shame that. I like the idea of space sex having to be a threesome. 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 obsess...

    This was a fascinating trip. Really. 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 d...

    Rating: 4.5* of five The Publisher Says: 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 ...

    Roach is well known for her earlier books, Stiff (about human cadavers), Bonk (science and sex) and Spook (the afterlife). In Packing, she takes on the US space program, and how it?s dealt with many of the everyday biological issues we take for granted? such as washing, eating, a...

    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...

    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 1969. 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 w...

    There was a rule in my house growing up: no talking about ?bodily functions?. 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. ?Jill, there will no discussion of bodily functions at ...

    I?ve read two other Roach books and have really loved them. 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...

    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 ...

    If you're looking for a fun non-fiction about space/astronauts I would recommend it! With that said, be warned that pooping in space is a big problem and you'll learn about it in length! ...

    **This review contains profanity and dick and fart jokes.** I've been trying to write this review for what feels like hours now (Its actually been about 10 minutes). It's not that I didn't take notes, because I did, lots and lots of notes. This... thing... sitting next to me resembl...

    When I was in the sixth grade we had a science project. I remember this well, we had to learn all about rockets and space travel. When we were to reach the end of all the information, we were going to have a test on what we learned. Nothing new there right? Oh but there was?? ...

    Love Mary Roach, but I didn't find this as entertaining as some of her other books. I got a few fun factoids to share with my family, so I guess that's a win. ...

    Bullet Review: Huh. Not quite what I was expecting - more a "look at all these weird things in space" than anything close to a checklist of things necessary for a Mars mission. And those weird things seem to focus A LOT on bodily functions. I wish we spent more time on how bad th...

    I will read anything by Mary Roach. Of course, my favorite parts in this book were about farting and pooping in a space suit. Hilarious. ...

    3.5 stars ***I'm reposting this review in honor of Neil Armstrong (August 5, 1930 ? August 25, 2012) who died today at the age of 82. "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." --Neil Armstrong Well...that was...interesting. This book is so thoroughly researche...

    I've always maintained a passing interest in space travel and with my burgeoning love of Sci-Fi starting to develop, I thought that this was the right book to pick up. With Packing for Mars, Mary Roach takes the reader on a journey through the bizarre history of space travel and the to...

    [4 Stars] This book was incredibly fascinating although a bit disturbing from time to time. You get to know some of the details about all of the strange things that accompany thoughts of space travel: how to you poop in space, what is the screening process like for astronauts, food in ...

    Wow! An excellent piece of very readable research of our journey into space & all the considerations for a trip to Mars in, hopefully, 2030. As usual, Roach captured the human side & presented it with plenty of humor. The research had to be difficult for her in many cases. N...

    I have an awkward relationship with Mary Roach. I find her humor forced, blatant, and poorly timed and so it always falls flat to me. I realize that a lot of people really appreciate her humor, but it just doesn?t click for me. Actually, I bet I think she was really funny if I heard ...

    Mary Roach has made quite a career writing quirky, irreverent books on some of the weirder corners of science. She's covered corpses, the afterlife, sex, and now space. So all the cool subjects. As it turns out, space exploration is a rich and varied subject. Every aspect of life in sp...

    This book is funny, gross, and fascinating, and I am SO not suited to be an astronaut! If YOU want to be an astronaut, you?d better have a strong stomach and a big tolerance for grossness in general. I had NO IDEA a book about travel in space would read like a scene from a Judd Apa...

    I generally quite enjoy Mary Roach's books, even though sometimes they are too much information to be read while eating. (Stiff) So when I saw this one, about one of my favourite things in the world, space travel, I was excited. Even more so since I'm running a roleplaying game set on ...

    India?s first Mars mission, scheduled for Nov 2014 will cost LESS than the budget of the space film Gravity. After having finished this book I had to read that above statement a few times for it to really sink in. Either space travel has gotten vastly cheaper or Hollywood has fina...

    Science fiction movies and novels dealing with long exploration missions to deep space rarely deal with the complexities of our bodies surviving during the long journey through space. Or as the old question asks, "Where does Captain Kirk go to the bathroom?" Mary Roach's "Packing...

  • Petra X
    Dec 28, 2010

    Maybe she could have titled the book The Right Stiff. I needed to have tissues handy while reading Mary Roach?s latest. No, it is not because it made me sad, but because I was laughing so hard my eyes were gushing. Mary Roach has had that effect on me before. I have read two of h...

    Space?the final frontier: where intrepid heroes break free from the mortal bonds of Mother Earth to experience such singular marvels as: 1. Fecal popcorning (definition forthcoming); 2. Condom-shaped urinal devices (with different sizes for, um, different sizes); 3. Weight...

    I?m a big space geek and have spent countless hours reading or watching documentaries about manned space flight. I?ve seen a space shuttle launch and been through the Kennedy Space Center a couple of times. I went and saw the traveling exhibit of Gus Grissom?s capsule that was re...

    Martians eagerly awaiting our arrival! Don't they look thrilled? I have doubts this will ever happen. I don't see us going to Mars anytime soon. There are too many issues. The odds are stacked against us. But who knows what the future brings? One day our great-great-gre...

    Note: the dolphin-sex thing appears to be a hoax. Shame that. I like the idea of space sex having to be a threesome. 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 obsess...

  • Stephen
    Jun 09, 2011

    Maybe she could have titled the book The Right Stiff. I needed to have tissues handy while reading Mary Roach?s latest. No, it is not because it made me sad, but because I was laughing so hard my eyes were gushing. Mary Roach has had that effect on me before. I have read two of h...

    Space?the final frontier: where intrepid heroes break free from the mortal bonds of Mother Earth to experience such singular marvels as: 1. Fecal popcorning (definition forthcoming); 2. Condom-shaped urinal devices (with different sizes for, um, different sizes); 3. Weight...

  • Trudi
    May 24, 2012

    Maybe she could have titled the book The Right Stiff. I needed to have tissues handy while reading Mary Roach?s latest. No, it is not because it made me sad, but because I was laughing so hard my eyes were gushing. Mary Roach has had that effect on me before. I have read two of h...

    Space?the final frontier: where intrepid heroes break free from the mortal bonds of Mother Earth to experience such singular marvels as: 1. Fecal popcorning (definition forthcoming); 2. Condom-shaped urinal devices (with different sizes for, um, different sizes); 3. Weight...

    I?m a big space geek and have spent countless hours reading or watching documentaries about manned space flight. I?ve seen a space shuttle launch and been through the Kennedy Space Center a couple of times. I went and saw the traveling exhibit of Gus Grissom?s capsule that was re...

    Martians eagerly awaiting our arrival! Don't they look thrilled? I have doubts this will ever happen. I don't see us going to Mars anytime soon. There are too many issues. The odds are stacked against us. But who knows what the future brings? One day our great-great-gre...

    Note: the dolphin-sex thing appears to be a hoax. Shame that. I like the idea of space sex having to be a threesome. 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 obsess...

    This was a fascinating trip. Really. 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 d...

    Rating: 4.5* of five The Publisher Says: 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 ...

    Roach is well known for her earlier books, Stiff (about human cadavers), Bonk (science and sex) and Spook (the afterlife). In Packing, she takes on the US space program, and how it?s dealt with many of the everyday biological issues we take for granted? such as washing, eating, a...

    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...

    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 1969. 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 w...

    There was a rule in my house growing up: no talking about ?bodily functions?. 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. ?Jill, there will no discussion of bodily functions at ...

    I?ve read two other Roach books and have really loved them. 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...

    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 ...

    If you're looking for a fun non-fiction about space/astronauts I would recommend it! With that said, be warned that pooping in space is a big problem and you'll learn about it in length! ...

    **This review contains profanity and dick and fart jokes.** I've been trying to write this review for what feels like hours now (Its actually been about 10 minutes). It's not that I didn't take notes, because I did, lots and lots of notes. This... thing... sitting next to me resembl...

    When I was in the sixth grade we had a science project. I remember this well, we had to learn all about rockets and space travel. When we were to reach the end of all the information, we were going to have a test on what we learned. Nothing new there right? Oh but there was?? ...

    Love Mary Roach, but I didn't find this as entertaining as some of her other books. I got a few fun factoids to share with my family, so I guess that's a win. ...

    Bullet Review: Huh. Not quite what I was expecting - more a "look at all these weird things in space" than anything close to a checklist of things necessary for a Mars mission. And those weird things seem to focus A LOT on bodily functions. I wish we spent more time on how bad th...

    I will read anything by Mary Roach. Of course, my favorite parts in this book were about farting and pooping in a space suit. Hilarious. ...

    3.5 stars ***I'm reposting this review in honor of Neil Armstrong (August 5, 1930 ? August 25, 2012) who died today at the age of 82. "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." --Neil Armstrong Well...that was...interesting. This book is so thoroughly researche...

  • Will Byrnes
    Aug 20, 2010

    Maybe she could have titled the book The Right Stiff. I needed to have tissues handy while reading Mary Roach?s latest. No, it is not because it made me sad, but because I was laughing so hard my eyes were gushing. Mary Roach has had that effect on me before. I have read two of h...

  • Cassy
    Apr 17, 2011

    Maybe she could have titled the book The Right Stiff. I needed to have tissues handy while reading Mary Roach?s latest. No, it is not because it made me sad, but because I was laughing so hard my eyes were gushing. Mary Roach has had that effect on me before. I have read two of h...

    Space?the final frontier: where intrepid heroes break free from the mortal bonds of Mother Earth to experience such singular marvels as: 1. Fecal popcorning (definition forthcoming); 2. Condom-shaped urinal devices (with different sizes for, um, different sizes); 3. Weight...

    I?m a big space geek and have spent countless hours reading or watching documentaries about manned space flight. I?ve seen a space shuttle launch and been through the Kennedy Space Center a couple of times. I went and saw the traveling exhibit of Gus Grissom?s capsule that was re...

    Martians eagerly awaiting our arrival! Don't they look thrilled? I have doubts this will ever happen. I don't see us going to Mars anytime soon. There are too many issues. The odds are stacked against us. But who knows what the future brings? One day our great-great-gre...

    Note: the dolphin-sex thing appears to be a hoax. Shame that. I like the idea of space sex having to be a threesome. 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 obsess...

    This was a fascinating trip. Really. 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 d...

    Rating: 4.5* of five The Publisher Says: 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 ...

    Roach is well known for her earlier books, Stiff (about human cadavers), Bonk (science and sex) and Spook (the afterlife). In Packing, she takes on the US space program, and how it?s dealt with many of the everyday biological issues we take for granted? such as washing, eating, a...

    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...

    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 1969. 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 w...

    There was a rule in my house growing up: no talking about ?bodily functions?. 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. ?Jill, there will no discussion of bodily functions at ...

  • Brandon
    May 27, 2012

    Maybe she could have titled the book The Right Stiff. I needed to have tissues handy while reading Mary Roach?s latest. No, it is not because it made me sad, but because I was laughing so hard my eyes were gushing. Mary Roach has had that effect on me before. I have read two of h...

    Space?the final frontier: where intrepid heroes break free from the mortal bonds of Mother Earth to experience such singular marvels as: 1. Fecal popcorning (definition forthcoming); 2. Condom-shaped urinal devices (with different sizes for, um, different sizes); 3. Weight...

    I?m a big space geek and have spent countless hours reading or watching documentaries about manned space flight. I?ve seen a space shuttle launch and been through the Kennedy Space Center a couple of times. I went and saw the traveling exhibit of Gus Grissom?s capsule that was re...

    Martians eagerly awaiting our arrival! Don't they look thrilled? I have doubts this will ever happen. I don't see us going to Mars anytime soon. There are too many issues. The odds are stacked against us. But who knows what the future brings? One day our great-great-gre...

    Note: the dolphin-sex thing appears to be a hoax. Shame that. I like the idea of space sex having to be a threesome. 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 obsess...

    This was a fascinating trip. Really. 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 d...

    Rating: 4.5* of five The Publisher Says: 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 ...

    Roach is well known for her earlier books, Stiff (about human cadavers), Bonk (science and sex) and Spook (the afterlife). In Packing, she takes on the US space program, and how it?s dealt with many of the everyday biological issues we take for granted? such as washing, eating, a...

    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...

    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 1969. 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 w...

    There was a rule in my house growing up: no talking about ?bodily functions?. 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. ?Jill, there will no discussion of bodily functions at ...

    I?ve read two other Roach books and have really loved them. 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...

    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 ...

    If you're looking for a fun non-fiction about space/astronauts I would recommend it! With that said, be warned that pooping in space is a big problem and you'll learn about it in length! ...

    **This review contains profanity and dick and fart jokes.** I've been trying to write this review for what feels like hours now (Its actually been about 10 minutes). It's not that I didn't take notes, because I did, lots and lots of notes. This... thing... sitting next to me resembl...

    When I was in the sixth grade we had a science project. I remember this well, we had to learn all about rockets and space travel. When we were to reach the end of all the information, we were going to have a test on what we learned. Nothing new there right? Oh but there was?? ...

    Love Mary Roach, but I didn't find this as entertaining as some of her other books. I got a few fun factoids to share with my family, so I guess that's a win. ...

    Bullet Review: Huh. Not quite what I was expecting - more a "look at all these weird things in space" than anything close to a checklist of things necessary for a Mars mission. And those weird things seem to focus A LOT on bodily functions. I wish we spent more time on how bad th...

    I will read anything by Mary Roach. Of course, my favorite parts in this book were about farting and pooping in a space suit. Hilarious. ...

    3.5 stars ***I'm reposting this review in honor of Neil Armstrong (August 5, 1930 ? August 25, 2012) who died today at the age of 82. "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." --Neil Armstrong Well...that was...interesting. This book is so thoroughly researche...

    I've always maintained a passing interest in space travel and with my burgeoning love of Sci-Fi starting to develop, I thought that this was the right book to pick up. With Packing for Mars, Mary Roach takes the reader on a journey through the bizarre history of space travel and the to...

  • Richard Derus
    Sep 16, 2010

    Maybe she could have titled the book The Right Stiff. I needed to have tissues handy while reading Mary Roach?s latest. No, it is not because it made me sad, but because I was laughing so hard my eyes were gushing. Mary Roach has had that effect on me before. I have read two of h...

    Space?the final frontier: where intrepid heroes break free from the mortal bonds of Mother Earth to experience such singular marvels as: 1. Fecal popcorning (definition forthcoming); 2. Condom-shaped urinal devices (with different sizes for, um, different sizes); 3. Weight...

    I?m a big space geek and have spent countless hours reading or watching documentaries about manned space flight. I?ve seen a space shuttle launch and been through the Kennedy Space Center a couple of times. I went and saw the traveling exhibit of Gus Grissom?s capsule that was re...

    Martians eagerly awaiting our arrival! Don't they look thrilled? I have doubts this will ever happen. I don't see us going to Mars anytime soon. There are too many issues. The odds are stacked against us. But who knows what the future brings? One day our great-great-gre...

    Note: the dolphin-sex thing appears to be a hoax. Shame that. I like the idea of space sex having to be a threesome. 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 obsess...

    This was a fascinating trip. Really. 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 d...

    Rating: 4.5* of five The Publisher Says: 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 ...

  • Carol.
    Mar 15, 2011

    Maybe she could have titled the book The Right Stiff. I needed to have tissues handy while reading Mary Roach?s latest. No, it is not because it made me sad, but because I was laughing so hard my eyes were gushing. Mary Roach has had that effect on me before. I have read two of h...

    Space?the final frontier: where intrepid heroes break free from the mortal bonds of Mother Earth to experience such singular marvels as: 1. Fecal popcorning (definition forthcoming); 2. Condom-shaped urinal devices (with different sizes for, um, different sizes); 3. Weight...

    I?m a big space geek and have spent countless hours reading or watching documentaries about manned space flight. I?ve seen a space shuttle launch and been through the Kennedy Space Center a couple of times. I went and saw the traveling exhibit of Gus Grissom?s capsule that was re...

    Martians eagerly awaiting our arrival! Don't they look thrilled? I have doubts this will ever happen. I don't see us going to Mars anytime soon. There are too many issues. The odds are stacked against us. But who knows what the future brings? One day our great-great-gre...

    Note: the dolphin-sex thing appears to be a hoax. Shame that. I like the idea of space sex having to be a threesome. 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 obsess...

    This was a fascinating trip. Really. 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 d...

    Rating: 4.5* of five The Publisher Says: 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 ...

    Roach is well known for her earlier books, Stiff (about human cadavers), Bonk (science and sex) and Spook (the afterlife). In Packing, she takes on the US space program, and how it?s dealt with many of the everyday biological issues we take for granted? such as washing, eating, a...

  • Crystal Starr Light
    Aug 18, 2011

    Maybe she could have titled the book The Right Stiff. I needed to have tissues handy while reading Mary Roach?s latest. No, it is not because it made me sad, but because I was laughing so hard my eyes were gushing. Mary Roach has had that effect on me before. I have read two of h...

    Space?the final frontier: where intrepid heroes break free from the mortal bonds of Mother Earth to experience such singular marvels as: 1. Fecal popcorning (definition forthcoming); 2. Condom-shaped urinal devices (with different sizes for, um, different sizes); 3. Weight...

    I?m a big space geek and have spent countless hours reading or watching documentaries about manned space flight. I?ve seen a space shuttle launch and been through the Kennedy Space Center a couple of times. I went and saw the traveling exhibit of Gus Grissom?s capsule that was re...

    Martians eagerly awaiting our arrival! Don't they look thrilled? I have doubts this will ever happen. I don't see us going to Mars anytime soon. There are too many issues. The odds are stacked against us. But who knows what the future brings? One day our great-great-gre...

    Note: the dolphin-sex thing appears to be a hoax. Shame that. I like the idea of space sex having to be a threesome. 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 obsess...

    This was a fascinating trip. Really. 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 d...

    Rating: 4.5* of five The Publisher Says: 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 ...

    Roach is well known for her earlier books, Stiff (about human cadavers), Bonk (science and sex) and Spook (the afterlife). In Packing, she takes on the US space program, and how it?s dealt with many of the everyday biological issues we take for granted? such as washing, eating, a...

    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...

    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 1969. 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 w...

    There was a rule in my house growing up: no talking about ?bodily functions?. 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. ?Jill, there will no discussion of bodily functions at ...

    I?ve read two other Roach books and have really loved them. 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...

    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 ...

    If you're looking for a fun non-fiction about space/astronauts I would recommend it! With that said, be warned that pooping in space is a big problem and you'll learn about it in length! ...

    **This review contains profanity and dick and fart jokes.** I've been trying to write this review for what feels like hours now (Its actually been about 10 minutes). It's not that I didn't take notes, because I did, lots and lots of notes. This... thing... sitting next to me resembl...

    When I was in the sixth grade we had a science project. I remember this well, we had to learn all about rockets and space travel. When we were to reach the end of all the information, we were going to have a test on what we learned. Nothing new there right? Oh but there was?? ...

    Love Mary Roach, but I didn't find this as entertaining as some of her other books. I got a few fun factoids to share with my family, so I guess that's a win. ...

    Bullet Review: Huh. Not quite what I was expecting - more a "look at all these weird things in space" than anything close to a checklist of things necessary for a Mars mission. And those weird things seem to focus A LOT on bodily functions. I wish we spent more time on how bad th...

  • Monica
    Feb 24, 2017

    Maybe she could have titled the book The Right Stiff. I needed to have tissues handy while reading Mary Roach?s latest. No, it is not because it made me sad, but because I was laughing so hard my eyes were gushing. Mary Roach has had that effect on me before. I have read two of h...

    Space?the final frontier: where intrepid heroes break free from the mortal bonds of Mother Earth to experience such singular marvels as: 1. Fecal popcorning (definition forthcoming); 2. Condom-shaped urinal devices (with different sizes for, um, different sizes); 3. Weight...

    I?m a big space geek and have spent countless hours reading or watching documentaries about manned space flight. I?ve seen a space shuttle launch and been through the Kennedy Space Center a couple of times. I went and saw the traveling exhibit of Gus Grissom?s capsule that was re...

    Martians eagerly awaiting our arrival! Don't they look thrilled? I have doubts this will ever happen. I don't see us going to Mars anytime soon. There are too many issues. The odds are stacked against us. But who knows what the future brings? One day our great-great-gre...

    Note: the dolphin-sex thing appears to be a hoax. Shame that. I like the idea of space sex having to be a threesome. 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 obsess...

    This was a fascinating trip. Really. 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 d...

    Rating: 4.5* of five The Publisher Says: 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 ...

    Roach is well known for her earlier books, Stiff (about human cadavers), Bonk (science and sex) and Spook (the afterlife). In Packing, she takes on the US space program, and how it?s dealt with many of the everyday biological issues we take for granted? such as washing, eating, a...

    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...

  • Sesana
    Mar 25, 2011

    Maybe she could have titled the book The Right Stiff. I needed to have tissues handy while reading Mary Roach?s latest. No, it is not because it made me sad, but because I was laughing so hard my eyes were gushing. Mary Roach has had that effect on me before. I have read two of h...

    Space?the final frontier: where intrepid heroes break free from the mortal bonds of Mother Earth to experience such singular marvels as: 1. Fecal popcorning (definition forthcoming); 2. Condom-shaped urinal devices (with different sizes for, um, different sizes); 3. Weight...

    I?m a big space geek and have spent countless hours reading or watching documentaries about manned space flight. I?ve seen a space shuttle launch and been through the Kennedy Space Center a couple of times. I went and saw the traveling exhibit of Gus Grissom?s capsule that was re...

    Martians eagerly awaiting our arrival! Don't they look thrilled? I have doubts this will ever happen. I don't see us going to Mars anytime soon. There are too many issues. The odds are stacked against us. But who knows what the future brings? One day our great-great-gre...

    Note: the dolphin-sex thing appears to be a hoax. Shame that. I like the idea of space sex having to be a threesome. 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 obsess...

    This was a fascinating trip. Really. 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 d...

    Rating: 4.5* of five The Publisher Says: 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 ...

    Roach is well known for her earlier books, Stiff (about human cadavers), Bonk (science and sex) and Spook (the afterlife). In Packing, she takes on the US space program, and how it?s dealt with many of the everyday biological issues we take for granted? such as washing, eating, a...

    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...

    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 1969. 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 w...

    There was a rule in my house growing up: no talking about ?bodily functions?. 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. ?Jill, there will no discussion of bodily functions at ...

    I?ve read two other Roach books and have really loved them. 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...

    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 ...

    If you're looking for a fun non-fiction about space/astronauts I would recommend it! With that said, be warned that pooping in space is a big problem and you'll learn about it in length! ...

    **This review contains profanity and dick and fart jokes.** I've been trying to write this review for what feels like hours now (Its actually been about 10 minutes). It's not that I didn't take notes, because I did, lots and lots of notes. This... thing... sitting next to me resembl...

    When I was in the sixth grade we had a science project. I remember this well, we had to learn all about rockets and space travel. When we were to reach the end of all the information, we were going to have a test on what we learned. Nothing new there right? Oh but there was?? ...

    Love Mary Roach, but I didn't find this as entertaining as some of her other books. I got a few fun factoids to share with my family, so I guess that's a win. ...

    Bullet Review: Huh. Not quite what I was expecting - more a "look at all these weird things in space" than anything close to a checklist of things necessary for a Mars mission. And those weird things seem to focus A LOT on bodily functions. I wish we spent more time on how bad th...

    I will read anything by Mary Roach. Of course, my favorite parts in this book were about farting and pooping in a space suit. Hilarious. ...

    3.5 stars ***I'm reposting this review in honor of Neil Armstrong (August 5, 1930 ? August 25, 2012) who died today at the age of 82. "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." --Neil Armstrong Well...that was...interesting. This book is so thoroughly researche...

    I've always maintained a passing interest in space travel and with my burgeoning love of Sci-Fi starting to develop, I thought that this was the right book to pick up. With Packing for Mars, Mary Roach takes the reader on a journey through the bizarre history of space travel and the to...

    [4 Stars] This book was incredibly fascinating although a bit disturbing from time to time. You get to know some of the details about all of the strange things that accompany thoughts of space travel: how to you poop in space, what is the screening process like for astronauts, food in ...

    Wow! An excellent piece of very readable research of our journey into space & all the considerations for a trip to Mars in, hopefully, 2030. As usual, Roach captured the human side & presented it with plenty of humor. The research had to be difficult for her in many cases. N...

    I have an awkward relationship with Mary Roach. I find her humor forced, blatant, and poorly timed and so it always falls flat to me. I realize that a lot of people really appreciate her humor, but it just doesn?t click for me. Actually, I bet I think she was really funny if I heard ...

    Mary Roach has made quite a career writing quirky, irreverent books on some of the weirder corners of science. She's covered corpses, the afterlife, sex, and now space. So all the cool subjects. As it turns out, space exploration is a rich and varied subject. Every aspect of life in sp...

  • Melki
    Nov 03, 2011

    Maybe she could have titled the book The Right Stiff. I needed to have tissues handy while reading Mary Roach?s latest. No, it is not because it made me sad, but because I was laughing so hard my eyes were gushing. Mary Roach has had that effect on me before. I have read two of h...

    Space?the final frontier: where intrepid heroes break free from the mortal bonds of Mother Earth to experience such singular marvels as: 1. Fecal popcorning (definition forthcoming); 2. Condom-shaped urinal devices (with different sizes for, um, different sizes); 3. Weight...

    I?m a big space geek and have spent countless hours reading or watching documentaries about manned space flight. I?ve seen a space shuttle launch and been through the Kennedy Space Center a couple of times. I went and saw the traveling exhibit of Gus Grissom?s capsule that was re...

    Martians eagerly awaiting our arrival! Don't they look thrilled? I have doubts this will ever happen. I don't see us going to Mars anytime soon. There are too many issues. The odds are stacked against us. But who knows what the future brings? One day our great-great-gre...

    Note: the dolphin-sex thing appears to be a hoax. Shame that. I like the idea of space sex having to be a threesome. 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 obsess...

    This was a fascinating trip. Really. 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 d...

    Rating: 4.5* of five The Publisher Says: 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 ...

    Roach is well known for her earlier books, Stiff (about human cadavers), Bonk (science and sex) and Spook (the afterlife). In Packing, she takes on the US space program, and how it?s dealt with many of the everyday biological issues we take for granted? such as washing, eating, a...

    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...

    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 1969. 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 w...

  • Megan Baxter
    Jun 27, 2014

    Maybe she could have titled the book The Right Stiff. I needed to have tissues handy while reading Mary Roach?s latest. No, it is not because it made me sad, but because I was laughing so hard my eyes were gushing. Mary Roach has had that effect on me before. I have read two of h...

    Space?the final frontier: where intrepid heroes break free from the mortal bonds of Mother Earth to experience such singular marvels as: 1. Fecal popcorning (definition forthcoming); 2. Condom-shaped urinal devices (with different sizes for, um, different sizes); 3. Weight...

    I?m a big space geek and have spent countless hours reading or watching documentaries about manned space flight. I?ve seen a space shuttle launch and been through the Kennedy Space Center a couple of times. I went and saw the traveling exhibit of Gus Grissom?s capsule that was re...

    Martians eagerly awaiting our arrival! Don't they look thrilled? I have doubts this will ever happen. I don't see us going to Mars anytime soon. There are too many issues. The odds are stacked against us. But who knows what the future brings? One day our great-great-gre...

    Note: the dolphin-sex thing appears to be a hoax. Shame that. I like the idea of space sex having to be a threesome. 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 obsess...

    This was a fascinating trip. Really. 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 d...

    Rating: 4.5* of five The Publisher Says: 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 ...

    Roach is well known for her earlier books, Stiff (about human cadavers), Bonk (science and sex) and Spook (the afterlife). In Packing, she takes on the US space program, and how it?s dealt with many of the everyday biological issues we take for granted? such as washing, eating, a...

    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...

    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 1969. 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 w...

    There was a rule in my house growing up: no talking about ?bodily functions?. 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. ?Jill, there will no discussion of bodily functions at ...

    I?ve read two other Roach books and have really loved them. 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...

    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 ...

    If you're looking for a fun non-fiction about space/astronauts I would recommend it! With that said, be warned that pooping in space is a big problem and you'll learn about it in length! ...

    **This review contains profanity and dick and fart jokes.** I've been trying to write this review for what feels like hours now (Its actually been about 10 minutes). It's not that I didn't take notes, because I did, lots and lots of notes. This... thing... sitting next to me resembl...

    When I was in the sixth grade we had a science project. I remember this well, we had to learn all about rockets and space travel. When we were to reach the end of all the information, we were going to have a test on what we learned. Nothing new there right? Oh but there was?? ...

    Love Mary Roach, but I didn't find this as entertaining as some of her other books. I got a few fun factoids to share with my family, so I guess that's a win. ...

    Bullet Review: Huh. Not quite what I was expecting - more a "look at all these weird things in space" than anything close to a checklist of things necessary for a Mars mission. And those weird things seem to focus A LOT on bodily functions. I wish we spent more time on how bad th...

    I will read anything by Mary Roach. Of course, my favorite parts in this book were about farting and pooping in a space suit. Hilarious. ...

    3.5 stars ***I'm reposting this review in honor of Neil Armstrong (August 5, 1930 ? August 25, 2012) who died today at the age of 82. "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." --Neil Armstrong Well...that was...interesting. This book is so thoroughly researche...

    I've always maintained a passing interest in space travel and with my burgeoning love of Sci-Fi starting to develop, I thought that this was the right book to pick up. With Packing for Mars, Mary Roach takes the reader on a journey through the bizarre history of space travel and the to...

    [4 Stars] This book was incredibly fascinating although a bit disturbing from time to time. You get to know some of the details about all of the strange things that accompany thoughts of space travel: how to you poop in space, what is the screening process like for astronauts, food in ...

    Wow! An excellent piece of very readable research of our journey into space & all the considerations for a trip to Mars in, hopefully, 2030. As usual, Roach captured the human side & presented it with plenty of humor. The research had to be difficult for her in many cases. N...

    I have an awkward relationship with Mary Roach. I find her humor forced, blatant, and poorly timed and so it always falls flat to me. I realize that a lot of people really appreciate her humor, but it just doesn?t click for me. Actually, I bet I think she was really funny if I heard ...

    Mary Roach has made quite a career writing quirky, irreverent books on some of the weirder corners of science. She's covered corpses, the afterlife, sex, and now space. So all the cool subjects. As it turns out, space exploration is a rich and varied subject. Every aspect of life in sp...

    This book is funny, gross, and fascinating, and I am SO not suited to be an astronaut! If YOU want to be an astronaut, you?d better have a strong stomach and a big tolerance for grossness in general. I had NO IDEA a book about travel in space would read like a scene from a Judd Apa...

    I generally quite enjoy Mary Roach's books, even though sometimes they are too much information to be read while eating. (Stiff) So when I saw this one, about one of my favourite things in the world, space travel, I was excited. Even more so since I'm running a roleplaying game set on ...

  • Sanaa
    Apr 26, 2013

    Maybe she could have titled the book The Right Stiff. I needed to have tissues handy while reading Mary Roach?s latest. No, it is not because it made me sad, but because I was laughing so hard my eyes were gushing. Mary Roach has had that effect on me before. I have read two of h...

    Space?the final frontier: where intrepid heroes break free from the mortal bonds of Mother Earth to experience such singular marvels as: 1. Fecal popcorning (definition forthcoming); 2. Condom-shaped urinal devices (with different sizes for, um, different sizes); 3. Weight...

    I?m a big space geek and have spent countless hours reading or watching documentaries about manned space flight. I?ve seen a space shuttle launch and been through the Kennedy Space Center a couple of times. I went and saw the traveling exhibit of Gus Grissom?s capsule that was re...

    Martians eagerly awaiting our arrival! Don't they look thrilled? I have doubts this will ever happen. I don't see us going to Mars anytime soon. There are too many issues. The odds are stacked against us. But who knows what the future brings? One day our great-great-gre...

    Note: the dolphin-sex thing appears to be a hoax. Shame that. I like the idea of space sex having to be a threesome. 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 obsess...

    This was a fascinating trip. Really. 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 d...

    Rating: 4.5* of five The Publisher Says: 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 ...

    Roach is well known for her earlier books, Stiff (about human cadavers), Bonk (science and sex) and Spook (the afterlife). In Packing, she takes on the US space program, and how it?s dealt with many of the everyday biological issues we take for granted? such as washing, eating, a...

    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...

    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 1969. 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 w...

    There was a rule in my house growing up: no talking about ?bodily functions?. 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. ?Jill, there will no discussion of bodily functions at ...

    I?ve read two other Roach books and have really loved them. 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...

    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 ...

    If you're looking for a fun non-fiction about space/astronauts I would recommend it! With that said, be warned that pooping in space is a big problem and you'll learn about it in length! ...

    **This review contains profanity and dick and fart jokes.** I've been trying to write this review for what feels like hours now (Its actually been about 10 minutes). It's not that I didn't take notes, because I did, lots and lots of notes. This... thing... sitting next to me resembl...

    When I was in the sixth grade we had a science project. I remember this well, we had to learn all about rockets and space travel. When we were to reach the end of all the information, we were going to have a test on what we learned. Nothing new there right? Oh but there was?? ...

    Love Mary Roach, but I didn't find this as entertaining as some of her other books. I got a few fun factoids to share with my family, so I guess that's a win. ...

    Bullet Review: Huh. Not quite what I was expecting - more a "look at all these weird things in space" than anything close to a checklist of things necessary for a Mars mission. And those weird things seem to focus A LOT on bodily functions. I wish we spent more time on how bad th...

    I will read anything by Mary Roach. Of course, my favorite parts in this book were about farting and pooping in a space suit. Hilarious. ...

    3.5 stars ***I'm reposting this review in honor of Neil Armstrong (August 5, 1930 ? August 25, 2012) who died today at the age of 82. "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." --Neil Armstrong Well...that was...interesting. This book is so thoroughly researche...

    I've always maintained a passing interest in space travel and with my burgeoning love of Sci-Fi starting to develop, I thought that this was the right book to pick up. With Packing for Mars, Mary Roach takes the reader on a journey through the bizarre history of space travel and the to...

    [4 Stars] This book was incredibly fascinating although a bit disturbing from time to time. You get to know some of the details about all of the strange things that accompany thoughts of space travel: how to you poop in space, what is the screening process like for astronauts, food in ...

  • Becky
    Dec 09, 2016

    Maybe she could have titled the book The Right Stiff. I needed to have tissues handy while reading Mary Roach?s latest. No, it is not because it made me sad, but because I was laughing so hard my eyes were gushing. Mary Roach has had that effect on me before. I have read two of h...

    Space?the final frontier: where intrepid heroes break free from the mortal bonds of Mother Earth to experience such singular marvels as: 1. Fecal popcorning (definition forthcoming); 2. Condom-shaped urinal devices (with different sizes for, um, different sizes); 3. Weight...

    I?m a big space geek and have spent countless hours reading or watching documentaries about manned space flight. I?ve seen a space shuttle launch and been through the Kennedy Space Center a couple of times. I went and saw the traveling exhibit of Gus Grissom?s capsule that was re...

    Martians eagerly awaiting our arrival! Don't they look thrilled? I have doubts this will ever happen. I don't see us going to Mars anytime soon. There are too many issues. The odds are stacked against us. But who knows what the future brings? One day our great-great-gre...

    Note: the dolphin-sex thing appears to be a hoax. Shame that. I like the idea of space sex having to be a threesome. 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 obsess...

    This was a fascinating trip. Really. 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 d...

    Rating: 4.5* of five The Publisher Says: 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 ...

    Roach is well known for her earlier books, Stiff (about human cadavers), Bonk (science and sex) and Spook (the afterlife). In Packing, she takes on the US space program, and how it?s dealt with many of the everyday biological issues we take for granted? such as washing, eating, a...

    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...

    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 1969. 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 w...

    There was a rule in my house growing up: no talking about ?bodily functions?. 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. ?Jill, there will no discussion of bodily functions at ...

    I?ve read two other Roach books and have really loved them. 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...

    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 ...

    If you're looking for a fun non-fiction about space/astronauts I would recommend it! With that said, be warned that pooping in space is a big problem and you'll learn about it in length! ...

    **This review contains profanity and dick and fart jokes.** I've been trying to write this review for what feels like hours now (Its actually been about 10 minutes). It's not that I didn't take notes, because I did, lots and lots of notes. This... thing... sitting next to me resembl...

    When I was in the sixth grade we had a science project. I remember this well, we had to learn all about rockets and space travel. When we were to reach the end of all the information, we were going to have a test on what we learned. Nothing new there right? Oh but there was?? ...

    Love Mary Roach, but I didn't find this as entertaining as some of her other books. I got a few fun factoids to share with my family, so I guess that's a win. ...

    Bullet Review: Huh. Not quite what I was expecting - more a "look at all these weird things in space" than anything close to a checklist of things necessary for a Mars mission. And those weird things seem to focus A LOT on bodily functions. I wish we spent more time on how bad th...

    I will read anything by Mary Roach. Of course, my favorite parts in this book were about farting and pooping in a space suit. Hilarious. ...

    3.5 stars ***I'm reposting this review in honor of Neil Armstrong (August 5, 1930 ? August 25, 2012) who died today at the age of 82. "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." --Neil Armstrong Well...that was...interesting. This book is so thoroughly researche...

    I've always maintained a passing interest in space travel and with my burgeoning love of Sci-Fi starting to develop, I thought that this was the right book to pick up. With Packing for Mars, Mary Roach takes the reader on a journey through the bizarre history of space travel and the to...

    [4 Stars] This book was incredibly fascinating although a bit disturbing from time to time. You get to know some of the details about all of the strange things that accompany thoughts of space travel: how to you poop in space, what is the screening process like for astronauts, food in ...

    Wow! An excellent piece of very readable research of our journey into space & all the considerations for a trip to Mars in, hopefully, 2030. As usual, Roach captured the human side & presented it with plenty of humor. The research had to be difficult for her in many cases. N...

    I have an awkward relationship with Mary Roach. I find her humor forced, blatant, and poorly timed and so it always falls flat to me. I realize that a lot of people really appreciate her humor, but it just doesn?t click for me. Actually, I bet I think she was really funny if I heard ...

  • Sonja Arlow
    Jun 05, 2012

    Maybe she could have titled the book The Right Stiff. I needed to have tissues handy while reading Mary Roach?s latest. No, it is not because it made me sad, but because I was laughing so hard my eyes were gushing. Mary Roach has had that effect on me before. I have read two of h...

    Space?the final frontier: where intrepid heroes break free from the mortal bonds of Mother Earth to experience such singular marvels as: 1. Fecal popcorning (definition forthcoming); 2. Condom-shaped urinal devices (with different sizes for, um, different sizes); 3. Weight...

    I?m a big space geek and have spent countless hours reading or watching documentaries about manned space flight. I?ve seen a space shuttle launch and been through the Kennedy Space Center a couple of times. I went and saw the traveling exhibit of Gus Grissom?s capsule that was re...

    Martians eagerly awaiting our arrival! Don't they look thrilled? I have doubts this will ever happen. I don't see us going to Mars anytime soon. There are too many issues. The odds are stacked against us. But who knows what the future brings? One day our great-great-gre...

    Note: the dolphin-sex thing appears to be a hoax. Shame that. I like the idea of space sex having to be a threesome. 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 obsess...

    This was a fascinating trip. Really. 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 d...

    Rating: 4.5* of five The Publisher Says: 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 ...

    Roach is well known for her earlier books, Stiff (about human cadavers), Bonk (science and sex) and Spook (the afterlife). In Packing, she takes on the US space program, and how it?s dealt with many of the everyday biological issues we take for granted? such as washing, eating, a...

    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...

    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 1969. 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 w...

    There was a rule in my house growing up: no talking about ?bodily functions?. 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. ?Jill, there will no discussion of bodily functions at ...

    I?ve read two other Roach books and have really loved them. 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...

    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 ...

    If you're looking for a fun non-fiction about space/astronauts I would recommend it! With that said, be warned that pooping in space is a big problem and you'll learn about it in length! ...

    **This review contains profanity and dick and fart jokes.** I've been trying to write this review for what feels like hours now (Its actually been about 10 minutes). It's not that I didn't take notes, because I did, lots and lots of notes. This... thing... sitting next to me resembl...

    When I was in the sixth grade we had a science project. I remember this well, we had to learn all about rockets and space travel. When we were to reach the end of all the information, we were going to have a test on what we learned. Nothing new there right? Oh but there was?? ...

    Love Mary Roach, but I didn't find this as entertaining as some of her other books. I got a few fun factoids to share with my family, so I guess that's a win. ...

    Bullet Review: Huh. Not quite what I was expecting - more a "look at all these weird things in space" than anything close to a checklist of things necessary for a Mars mission. And those weird things seem to focus A LOT on bodily functions. I wish we spent more time on how bad th...

    I will read anything by Mary Roach. Of course, my favorite parts in this book were about farting and pooping in a space suit. Hilarious. ...

    3.5 stars ***I'm reposting this review in honor of Neil Armstrong (August 5, 1930 ? August 25, 2012) who died today at the age of 82. "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." --Neil Armstrong Well...that was...interesting. This book is so thoroughly researche...

    I've always maintained a passing interest in space travel and with my burgeoning love of Sci-Fi starting to develop, I thought that this was the right book to pick up. With Packing for Mars, Mary Roach takes the reader on a journey through the bizarre history of space travel and the to...

    [4 Stars] This book was incredibly fascinating although a bit disturbing from time to time. You get to know some of the details about all of the strange things that accompany thoughts of space travel: how to you poop in space, what is the screening process like for astronauts, food in ...

    Wow! An excellent piece of very readable research of our journey into space & all the considerations for a trip to Mars in, hopefully, 2030. As usual, Roach captured the human side & presented it with plenty of humor. The research had to be difficult for her in many cases. N...

    I have an awkward relationship with Mary Roach. I find her humor forced, blatant, and poorly timed and so it always falls flat to me. I realize that a lot of people really appreciate her humor, but it just doesn?t click for me. Actually, I bet I think she was really funny if I heard ...

    Mary Roach has made quite a career writing quirky, irreverent books on some of the weirder corners of science. She's covered corpses, the afterlife, sex, and now space. So all the cool subjects. As it turns out, space exploration is a rich and varied subject. Every aspect of life in sp...

    This book is funny, gross, and fascinating, and I am SO not suited to be an astronaut! If YOU want to be an astronaut, you?d better have a strong stomach and a big tolerance for grossness in general. I had NO IDEA a book about travel in space would read like a scene from a Judd Apa...

    I generally quite enjoy Mary Roach's books, even though sometimes they are too much information to be read while eating. (Stiff) So when I saw this one, about one of my favourite things in the world, space travel, I was excited. Even more so since I'm running a roleplaying game set on ...

    India?s first Mars mission, scheduled for Nov 2014 will cost LESS than the budget of the space film Gravity. After having finished this book I had to read that above statement a few times for it to really sink in. Either space travel has gotten vastly cheaper or Hollywood has fina...

  • Laurie Notaro
    Feb 12, 2018

    Maybe she could have titled the book The Right Stiff. I needed to have tissues handy while reading Mary Roach?s latest. No, it is not because it made me sad, but because I was laughing so hard my eyes were gushing. Mary Roach has had that effect on me before. I have read two of h...

    Space?the final frontier: where intrepid heroes break free from the mortal bonds of Mother Earth to experience such singular marvels as: 1. Fecal popcorning (definition forthcoming); 2. Condom-shaped urinal devices (with different sizes for, um, different sizes); 3. Weight...

    I?m a big space geek and have spent countless hours reading or watching documentaries about manned space flight. I?ve seen a space shuttle launch and been through the Kennedy Space Center a couple of times. I went and saw the traveling exhibit of Gus Grissom?s capsule that was re...

    Martians eagerly awaiting our arrival! Don't they look thrilled? I have doubts this will ever happen. I don't see us going to Mars anytime soon. There are too many issues. The odds are stacked against us. But who knows what the future brings? One day our great-great-gre...

    Note: the dolphin-sex thing appears to be a hoax. Shame that. I like the idea of space sex having to be a threesome. 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 obsess...

    This was a fascinating trip. Really. 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 d...

    Rating: 4.5* of five The Publisher Says: 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 ...

    Roach is well known for her earlier books, Stiff (about human cadavers), Bonk (science and sex) and Spook (the afterlife). In Packing, she takes on the US space program, and how it?s dealt with many of the everyday biological issues we take for granted? such as washing, eating, a...

    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...

    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 1969. 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 w...

    There was a rule in my house growing up: no talking about ?bodily functions?. 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. ?Jill, there will no discussion of bodily functions at ...

    I?ve read two other Roach books and have really loved them. 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...

    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 ...

    If you're looking for a fun non-fiction about space/astronauts I would recommend it! With that said, be warned that pooping in space is a big problem and you'll learn about it in length! ...

    **This review contains profanity and dick and fart jokes.** I've been trying to write this review for what feels like hours now (Its actually been about 10 minutes). It's not that I didn't take notes, because I did, lots and lots of notes. This... thing... sitting next to me resembl...

    When I was in the sixth grade we had a science project. I remember this well, we had to learn all about rockets and space travel. When we were to reach the end of all the information, we were going to have a test on what we learned. Nothing new there right? Oh but there was?? ...

    Love Mary Roach, but I didn't find this as entertaining as some of her other books. I got a few fun factoids to share with my family, so I guess that's a win. ...

    Bullet Review: Huh. Not quite what I was expecting - more a "look at all these weird things in space" than anything close to a checklist of things necessary for a Mars mission. And those weird things seem to focus A LOT on bodily functions. I wish we spent more time on how bad th...

    I will read anything by Mary Roach. Of course, my favorite parts in this book were about farting and pooping in a space suit. Hilarious. ...

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    Jan 18, 2017

    Maybe she could have titled the book The Right Stiff. I needed to have tissues handy while reading Mary Roach?s latest. No, it is not because it made me sad, but because I was laughing so hard my eyes were gushing. Mary Roach has had that effect on me before. I have read two of h...

    Space?the final frontier: where intrepid heroes break free from the mortal bonds of Mother Earth to experience such singular marvels as: 1. Fecal popcorning (definition forthcoming); 2. Condom-shaped urinal devices (with different sizes for, um, different sizes); 3. Weight...

    I?m a big space geek and have spent countless hours reading or watching documentaries about manned space flight. I?ve seen a space shuttle launch and been through the Kennedy Space Center a couple of times. I went and saw the traveling exhibit of Gus Grissom?s capsule that was re...

    Martians eagerly awaiting our arrival! Don't they look thrilled? I have doubts this will ever happen. I don't see us going to Mars anytime soon. There are too many issues. The odds are stacked against us. But who knows what the future brings? One day our great-great-gre...

    Note: the dolphin-sex thing appears to be a hoax. Shame that. I like the idea of space sex having to be a threesome. 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 obsess...

    This was a fascinating trip. Really. 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 d...

    Rating: 4.5* of five The Publisher Says: 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 ...

    Roach is well known for her earlier books, Stiff (about human cadavers), Bonk (science and sex) and Spook (the afterlife). In Packing, she takes on the US space program, and how it?s dealt with many of the everyday biological issues we take for granted? such as washing, eating, a...

    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...

    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 1969. 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 w...

    There was a rule in my house growing up: no talking about ?bodily functions?. 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. ?Jill, there will no discussion of bodily functions at ...

    I?ve read two other Roach books and have really loved them. 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...

    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 ...

    If you're looking for a fun non-fiction about space/astronauts I would recommend it! With that said, be warned that pooping in space is a big problem and you'll learn about it in length! ...

    **This review contains profanity and dick and fart jokes.** I've been trying to write this review for what feels like hours now (Its actually been about 10 minutes). It's not that I didn't take notes, because I did, lots and lots of notes. This... thing... sitting next to me resembl...

    When I was in the sixth grade we had a science project. I remember this well, we had to learn all about rockets and space travel. When we were to reach the end of all the information, we were going to have a test on what we learned. Nothing new there right? Oh but there was?? ...

    Love Mary Roach, but I didn't find this as entertaining as some of her other books. I got a few fun factoids to share with my family, so I guess that's a win. ...

  • Ana
    Jun 07, 2017

    Maybe she could have titled the book The Right Stiff. I needed to have tissues handy while reading Mary Roach?s latest. No, it is not because it made me sad, but because I was laughing so hard my eyes were gushing. Mary Roach has had that effect on me before. I have read two of h...

    Space?the final frontier: where intrepid heroes break free from the mortal bonds of Mother Earth to experience such singular marvels as: 1. Fecal popcorning (definition forthcoming); 2. Condom-shaped urinal devices (with different sizes for, um, different sizes); 3. Weight...

    I?m a big space geek and have spent countless hours reading or watching documentaries about manned space flight. I?ve seen a space shuttle launch and been through the Kennedy Space Center a couple of times. I went and saw the traveling exhibit of Gus Grissom?s capsule that was re...

    Martians eagerly awaiting our arrival! Don't they look thrilled? I have doubts this will ever happen. I don't see us going to Mars anytime soon. There are too many issues. The odds are stacked against us. But who knows what the future brings? One day our great-great-gre...

  • Holly
    Jun 05, 2016

    Maybe she could have titled the book The Right Stiff. I needed to have tissues handy while reading Mary Roach?s latest. No, it is not because it made me sad, but because I was laughing so hard my eyes were gushing. Mary Roach has had that effect on me before. I have read two of h...

    Space?the final frontier: where intrepid heroes break free from the mortal bonds of Mother Earth to experience such singular marvels as: 1. Fecal popcorning (definition forthcoming); 2. Condom-shaped urinal devices (with different sizes for, um, different sizes); 3. Weight...

    I?m a big space geek and have spent countless hours reading or watching documentaries about manned space flight. I?ve seen a space shuttle launch and been through the Kennedy Space Center a couple of times. I went and saw the traveling exhibit of Gus Grissom?s capsule that was re...

    Martians eagerly awaiting our arrival! Don't they look thrilled? I have doubts this will ever happen. I don't see us going to Mars anytime soon. There are too many issues. The odds are stacked against us. But who knows what the future brings? One day our great-great-gre...

    Note: the dolphin-sex thing appears to be a hoax. Shame that. I like the idea of space sex having to be a threesome. 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 obsess...

    This was a fascinating trip. Really. 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 d...

    Rating: 4.5* of five The Publisher Says: 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 ...

    Roach is well known for her earlier books, Stiff (about human cadavers), Bonk (science and sex) and Spook (the afterlife). In Packing, she takes on the US space program, and how it?s dealt with many of the everyday biological issues we take for granted? such as washing, eating, a...

    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...

    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 1969. 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 w...

    There was a rule in my house growing up: no talking about ?bodily functions?. 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. ?Jill, there will no discussion of bodily functions at ...

    I?ve read two other Roach books and have really loved them. 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...

    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 ...

    If you're looking for a fun non-fiction about space/astronauts I would recommend it! With that said, be warned that pooping in space is a big problem and you'll learn about it in length! ...

    **This review contains profanity and dick and fart jokes.** I've been trying to write this review for what feels like hours now (Its actually been about 10 minutes). It's not that I didn't take notes, because I did, lots and lots of notes. This... thing... sitting next to me resembl...

    When I was in the sixth grade we had a science project. I remember this well, we had to learn all about rockets and space travel. When we were to reach the end of all the information, we were going to have a test on what we learned. Nothing new there right? Oh but there was?? ...

    Love Mary Roach, but I didn't find this as entertaining as some of her other books. I got a few fun factoids to share with my family, so I guess that's a win. ...

    Bullet Review: Huh. Not quite what I was expecting - more a "look at all these weird things in space" than anything close to a checklist of things necessary for a Mars mission. And those weird things seem to focus A LOT on bodily functions. I wish we spent more time on how bad th...

    I will read anything by Mary Roach. Of course, my favorite parts in this book were about farting and pooping in a space suit. Hilarious. ...

    3.5 stars ***I'm reposting this review in honor of Neil Armstrong (August 5, 1930 ? August 25, 2012) who died today at the age of 82. "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." --Neil Armstrong Well...that was...interesting. This book is so thoroughly researche...

    I've always maintained a passing interest in space travel and with my burgeoning love of Sci-Fi starting to develop, I thought that this was the right book to pick up. With Packing for Mars, Mary Roach takes the reader on a journey through the bizarre history of space travel and the to...

    [4 Stars] This book was incredibly fascinating although a bit disturbing from time to time. You get to know some of the details about all of the strange things that accompany thoughts of space travel: how to you poop in space, what is the screening process like for astronauts, food in ...

    Wow! An excellent piece of very readable research of our journey into space & all the considerations for a trip to Mars in, hopefully, 2030. As usual, Roach captured the human side & presented it with plenty of humor. The research had to be difficult for her in many cases. N...

    I have an awkward relationship with Mary Roach. I find her humor forced, blatant, and poorly timed and so it always falls flat to me. I realize that a lot of people really appreciate her humor, but it just doesn?t click for me. Actually, I bet I think she was really funny if I heard ...

    Mary Roach has made quite a career writing quirky, irreverent books on some of the weirder corners of science. She's covered corpses, the afterlife, sex, and now space. So all the cool subjects. As it turns out, space exploration is a rich and varied subject. Every aspect of life in sp...

    This book is funny, gross, and fascinating, and I am SO not suited to be an astronaut! If YOU want to be an astronaut, you?d better have a strong stomach and a big tolerance for grossness in general. I had NO IDEA a book about travel in space would read like a scene from a Judd Apa...

    I generally quite enjoy Mary Roach's books, even though sometimes they are too much information to be read while eating. (Stiff) So when I saw this one, about one of my favourite things in the world, space travel, I was excited. Even more so since I'm running a roleplaying game set on ...

    India?s first Mars mission, scheduled for Nov 2014 will cost LESS than the budget of the space film Gravity. After having finished this book I had to read that above statement a few times for it to really sink in. Either space travel has gotten vastly cheaper or Hollywood has fina...

    Science fiction movies and novels dealing with long exploration missions to deep space rarely deal with the complexities of our bodies surviving during the long journey through space. Or as the old question asks, "Where does Captain Kirk go to the bathroom?" Mary Roach's "Packing...

    This was honestly really interesting, and probably as good (if not better) than Roach's other book, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, which I read probably a year back. Roach combines factual information and fun story telling in a great way, that makes these books immensel...

  • Glitterbomb
    Jan 10, 2018

    Maybe she could have titled the book The Right Stiff. I needed to have tissues handy while reading Mary Roach?s latest. No, it is not because it made me sad, but because I was laughing so hard my eyes were gushing. Mary Roach has had that effect on me before. I have read two of h...

    Space?the final frontier: where intrepid heroes break free from the mortal bonds of Mother Earth to experience such singular marvels as: 1. Fecal popcorning (definition forthcoming); 2. Condom-shaped urinal devices (with different sizes for, um, different sizes); 3. Weight...

    I?m a big space geek and have spent countless hours reading or watching documentaries about manned space flight. I?ve seen a space shuttle launch and been through the Kennedy Space Center a couple of times. I went and saw the traveling exhibit of Gus Grissom?s capsule that was re...

    Martians eagerly awaiting our arrival! Don't they look thrilled? I have doubts this will ever happen. I don't see us going to Mars anytime soon. There are too many issues. The odds are stacked against us. But who knows what the future brings? One day our great-great-gre...

    Note: the dolphin-sex thing appears to be a hoax. Shame that. I like the idea of space sex having to be a threesome. 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 obsess...

    This was a fascinating trip. Really. 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 d...

    Rating: 4.5* of five The Publisher Says: 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 ...

    Roach is well known for her earlier books, Stiff (about human cadavers), Bonk (science and sex) and Spook (the afterlife). In Packing, she takes on the US space program, and how it?s dealt with many of the everyday biological issues we take for granted? such as washing, eating, a...

    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...

    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 1969. 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 w...

    There was a rule in my house growing up: no talking about ?bodily functions?. 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. ?Jill, there will no discussion of bodily functions at ...

    I?ve read two other Roach books and have really loved them. 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...

    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 ...

    If you're looking for a fun non-fiction about space/astronauts I would recommend it! With that said, be warned that pooping in space is a big problem and you'll learn about it in length! ...

    **This review contains profanity and dick and fart jokes.** I've been trying to write this review for what feels like hours now (Its actually been about 10 minutes). It's not that I didn't take notes, because I did, lots and lots of notes. This... thing... sitting next to me resembl...

  • Greta
    Sep 21, 2016

    Maybe she could have titled the book The Right Stiff. I needed to have tissues handy while reading Mary Roach?s latest. No, it is not because it made me sad, but because I was laughing so hard my eyes were gushing. Mary Roach has had that effect on me before. I have read two of h...

    Space?the final frontier: where intrepid heroes break free from the mortal bonds of Mother Earth to experience such singular marvels as: 1. Fecal popcorning (definition forthcoming); 2. Condom-shaped urinal devices (with different sizes for, um, different sizes); 3. Weight...

    I?m a big space geek and have spent countless hours reading or watching documentaries about manned space flight. I?ve seen a space shuttle launch and been through the Kennedy Space Center a couple of times. I went and saw the traveling exhibit of Gus Grissom?s capsule that was re...

    Martians eagerly awaiting our arrival! Don't they look thrilled? I have doubts this will ever happen. I don't see us going to Mars anytime soon. There are too many issues. The odds are stacked against us. But who knows what the future brings? One day our great-great-gre...

    Note: the dolphin-sex thing appears to be a hoax. Shame that. I like the idea of space sex having to be a threesome. 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 obsess...

    This was a fascinating trip. Really. 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 d...

  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    Jul 16, 2017

    Maybe she could have titled the book The Right Stiff. I needed to have tissues handy while reading Mary Roach?s latest. No, it is not because it made me sad, but because I was laughing so hard my eyes were gushing. Mary Roach has had that effect on me before. I have read two of h...

    Space?the final frontier: where intrepid heroes break free from the mortal bonds of Mother Earth to experience such singular marvels as: 1. Fecal popcorning (definition forthcoming); 2. Condom-shaped urinal devices (with different sizes for, um, different sizes); 3. Weight...

    I?m a big space geek and have spent countless hours reading or watching documentaries about manned space flight. I?ve seen a space shuttle launch and been through the Kennedy Space Center a couple of times. I went and saw the traveling exhibit of Gus Grissom?s capsule that was re...

    Martians eagerly awaiting our arrival! Don't they look thrilled? I have doubts this will ever happen. I don't see us going to Mars anytime soon. There are too many issues. The odds are stacked against us. But who knows what the future brings? One day our great-great-gre...

    Note: the dolphin-sex thing appears to be a hoax. Shame that. I like the idea of space sex having to be a threesome. 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 obsess...

    This was a fascinating trip. Really. 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 d...

    Rating: 4.5* of five The Publisher Says: 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 ...

    Roach is well known for her earlier books, Stiff (about human cadavers), Bonk (science and sex) and Spook (the afterlife). In Packing, she takes on the US space program, and how it?s dealt with many of the everyday biological issues we take for granted? such as washing, eating, a...

    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...

    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 1969. 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 w...

    There was a rule in my house growing up: no talking about ?bodily functions?. 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. ?Jill, there will no discussion of bodily functions at ...

    I?ve read two other Roach books and have really loved them. 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...

    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 ...

    If you're looking for a fun non-fiction about space/astronauts I would recommend it! With that said, be warned that pooping in space is a big problem and you'll learn about it in length! ...