Packing for Mars by Mary Roach is Out of This World!

February 26, 2015 Audio Books, Non Fiction, Science 18

Bookworms, We Have a Problem.

I’m LYING. I’m just trying to make space jokes because I just finished listening to the awesome audio book version of Packing for Mars by Mary Roach. I don’t read a lot of non fiction, but now that I’ve discovered Mary Roach, that may all change.

packingformarsPacking for Mars is ostensibly about what a mission to Mars would entail mingled with a history lesson of human space travel. Sound awesome? Not so much? Well what about if I tell you that Mary Roach researched all the interesting bits of space travel for you? I mean, you were always curious about motion sickness in zero gravity, right? And what happens when you have to go to the bathroom? What about keeping yourself clean in space? Or, you know, what would happen if a pair of astronauts fell in love and, well, stuff happened in space?!

Mary Roach told me all the gross stuff that I really care about. I mean, sure, there’s plenty of science in there, but it’s the science of every imaginable bodily fluid in space. It’s about just how long an astronaut can go without bathing before stinking their suits up so badly they make themselves ill. It’s about how teams of dietitians study which foods to feed space travelers that will produce the least amount of solid waste. It’s about filtering pee, you guys! If you were ever THAT KID in science class who was interested in the science of boogers, Packing for Mars is 100% your guide to space travel. Take my word for it, kids, this book is a winner!

Talk to me Bookworms! Did you ever daydream about being an astronaut?

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18 Responses to “Packing for Mars by Mary Roach is Out of This World!”

  1. Amy @ Read a Latte

    This sounds so interesting! We’re on the same page with Mars because I’m reading The Martian and was WONDERING about the food thing! He has like multiple whole potatoes, which seemed strange. I’ve heard great things about Mary Roach, I’ll have to check her out!

  2. Loralie

    I LOVE Mary Roach! I have all of her books. I love how she isn’t afraid to ask the questions that we all want to know, but she does it in a way that doesn’t make fun of the subject she is covering. Oh, and I wanted to be an astronaut for most of my childhood and would be all over an adult Space Camp!

  3. Kelly

    I love everything about this review. And I need to read this book!

    Please tell me your final comment was a tribute to the cinematic classic, Space Camp?

  4. Leah @ Books Speak Volumes

    I loved this book! I read it on a family road trip and spouted enough disgusting facts to the captive audience of my family that my sister actually just gave in and read it. (And my dad had read it years ago.) It tickles me to no end that we are united in gross space facts.

  5. Monika @ Lovely Bookshelf

    I’m so glad you got around to this one! I loved it. 🙂 I wanted to be an astronaut as a kid, but when the Challenger disaster happened, and it All through high school though, I had planned on majoring in some space-related science field. (Yet, I majored in music performance, go figure haha)

  6. Ashley

    Fascinating! You should check out this website:

    They are sending people on a one-way ticket to colonize Mars in 2024 (for real)! Being an astronaut is one thing but leaving your family forever to colonize a foreign planet??? Cray Cray.

  7. Akilah

    I made it about a third of the way through this on audiobook and gave up. It was fascinating, but I was not retaining the information! I think it may work better in print for me.

    That said, I did call my friend (who is a big science nerd and loves NASA) and tell her that she would make a terrible astronaut while I was listening to it, and she got PISSED. Hahahaha. I’m still convinced she wouldn’t last more than two days in space, though she’d be an excellent on the ground NASA person.

  8. Lisedawg

    I LOVE Mary Roach! I read “Stiff,” then “Gulp.” I bought “Gulp” for my sister and “Packing for Mars” for my boyfriend. Don’t know how they like them, but I’m obsessed with her.
    She’s the Sarah Vowell of science.

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