Wednesday, March 10, 2010

“Waiting On” Wednesday

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted here, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week's pre-publication “can't-wait-to-read” selection is:
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach

from the publisher:
Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can't walk for a year? have sex? smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour? To answer these questions, space agencies set up all manner of quizzical and startlingly bizarre space simulations. As Mary Roach discovers, it's possible to preview space without ever leaving Earth. From the space shuttle training toilet to a crash test of NASA's new space capsule (cadaver filling in for astronaut), Roach takes us on a surreally entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth.

This book is due to be published on 8/2/2010 by W. W. Norton.

I have adored Mary Roach's previous books, particularly Stiff. I hope this is just as fabulous! She makes science accessible and fun, and speaking as someone who very nearly failed 9th grade biology, that's impressive.


Lori said...

Lmao...I often wondered how they coped with bodily functions in a spce suit. Feeling sick and wondering if it had to come out on either end, what they would do. LOL...yeah, I know I am an odd duck. But it is true. Don't tell me you Never thought about it. :) I hope that you enjoy your book when you get it. Here's Mine.

Alayne said...

Haha funny cover! My WOW is at The Crowded Leaf.

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

I haven't heard of this author before. Thanks for sharing, I'll keep an eye out for it!