Centre County Reads 2014: Packing For Mars by Mary Roach
Explore the human condition as a community by reading the same book! This year's Centre County Reads selection is Mary Roach's entertaining book, Packing for Mars. Visit Centre County Reads website for the calendar of events and activities surrounding the book.
The best-selling author of Gulp and Stiff 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...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?
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, Roach takes us on a surreally entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth.