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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (14,053 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Roach Narrator: Sandra Burr Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Teresa | 2/14/2014

    " I liked this book. The writing style is very casual and she explains everything in a pretty idiot proof manner. Not for those who don't want to think about body functions! It's generally witty but sometimes I wish she assumed that I knew more stuff... Overall, would recommend to a friend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rusty | 2/7/2014

    " I chose this book more out of an appreciation of the author than the subject matter. I thought that "Stiff" was almost a five star book for the first 2/3rds. This time around, it felt like Roach was really going out of her way to explore the random and wacky aspects of space travel. Trying a little too hard. Regardless, it's pretty interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Theresa | 2/6/2014

    " Thanks, Carla, for recommending this eye-opening book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christine Yen | 2/4/2014

    " so much fun! well-written, entertaining, and popcorn-ily educational. extra points for amazing footnotes! "

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