I finished Packing for Mars by Mary Roach yesterday. I wholeheartedly enjoyed it.
As an astronomy teacher who has attended Space Camp, I’ve made it a point to learn as much as possible about the realities of the space program as possible. I delight in helping students understand how Space Shuttle astronauts poop in space.
Packing for Mars covers a huge segment of the realities of humans studying how to live in space to the realities of the future of a Mars mission. Food, clothing, confinement, radiation, G-forces, effects of microgravity on physiology, sex, urination, defecation, sweat, and escape from spacecraft all get solid chapters. The book answers what early space program scientists and engineers were concerned about and what future missions may be concerned about.
It’s a fun read. From a personal standpoint, I’ve known how hard it is to potentially travel to Mars for several years. The book was satisfying for me because although I relish the thought of travelling away from Earth, it is way more difficult than you think.
Check it out!