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One Book One Marin: Packing for Mars–Fin

“Getting humans on Mars is super easy… getting them here alive and not all dead and gross and squished – that’s harder.” – the Mars Sarcastic Rover Thus, we come to the end of our delightfully entertaining and occasionally too-scatological trip through space via Ms. Roach’s Packing for Mars. Final thoughts, anyone? Roach brings up [...]

April 18th, 2013

One Book One Marin: Packing for Mars through Ch. 12

Well folks, we’re quickly approaching the end, and in short, I’m not sure what more Ms. Roach could cover. Our last two titillating chapters covered two popular pastimes: sleep and sex. Take note, all of you bed-lovers–spending too much time horizontally without exercise or weight-bearing motions will lead to a significant decrease in bone density.  [...]

April 12th, 2013

One Book One Marin: Packing For Mars, Chapters 10 and beyond

  Houston, we have a problem…It appears that yours truly has slightly miscalculated the flight speed at which we should be reading. As a result, we’re behind schedule! I apologize for the error–next week’s blog entry will attempt to briefly summarize the book, and psych everyone up for attending the final event, where Mary Roach [...]

April 5th, 2013
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One Book One Marin- Packing for Mars Chapter 8: Animals in Space

I can’t say I really enjoyed this last chapter detailing various space programs and their uses of chimps or dogs in space. I know I’m a softy when it comes to animals, but it makes me pretty uneasy thinking about the testing and the foreign situations these guys must’ve been exposed to, and how utterly [...]

March 29th, 2013

One Book One Marin–Chapter 7: What an Impact!

That was a painful last chapter, eh? Reading about the effects of lateral impacts on your brain (swelling of the axon separating the two lobes? Not good…), or the concern of vibrating organs practically had me curled up in a ball, wincing gingerly as I continued to read. And where in the world do they [...]

March 26th, 2013

One Book One Marin: Packing For Mars Ch. 6–Spilling Your Guts

Whew, what a chapter! Ms. Roach spares almost nothing as she covers the gag-inducing subject of vomiting. Several less-squeamish things we’ve learned from the chapter: * Motion sickness is caused by sensory conflict: conflicting signals between your inner ear (which detects the motion) and your brain (which, when glancing at a stable sight, does not). [...]

March 15th, 2013

One Book One Marin- Chapter 5: We All Float On

And sometimes, writing a book pays off. For a number of reasons, of course.  Few authors, however, get the chance to  experience “reduced-gravity” at NASA’s field station. Well played, Ms. Roach, well played. What a perk! One has to admire her utter commitment to the cause;  she never stops reporting (just like any dedicated author)– [...]

March 8th, 2013

One Book One Marin: Chapter 4–Gravity

OK folks, we’ve finished chapter 4, covering the fascinating topic of gravity, anti-gravity, and…animal testing. The last subject is a bit depressing, and highly controversial. If you’ve got a strong desire to read more, here’s a link to a NASA article detailing the history of animals in space. Additionally, you can check out images of [...]

March 4th, 2013