Afternoon Book Discussion Group: Packing for Mars by Mary Roach
Join us for a discussion of the 2014 Centre County Reads book, Packing for Mars by Mary Roach.
See author Mary Roach speak at Penn State's HUB on April 15 at 7 p.m!
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 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.
Like the Library, this event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required but, if you have any questions regarding this group or, to learn about our Afternoon Book Discussion Group at Schlow please contact a member of the Reference Desk staff at 235-7616 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Afternoon Discussion Group meets the 4th Tuesday of the month in the Community Room.