Sunday, February 12, 2012

Sunday book review

Of all the empty campaign promises to come out of republican candidates this election season, one that grabbed my attention more than most of the others had to do with putting a manned base on the moon. Out side of the questions about the utility of such a venture, many of the questions regarding the feasibility can be found in Mary Roach’s “Packing for Mars”.

Have you ever thought about how it would be possible to use the bathroom in a gravity-less environment? Or take care of hygienic needs? Or what kind of foods are chosen and why? All this and much more is explored, sometimes in vivid detail, with a sense of humor. Some of the stories in this impeccably researched book give pause to that the five year old in side of all of us who wanted to be astronaut, as we now imagine that child astronaut going through the horrible ordeals that many of our nations heroes have endured.

Also, on a different note, I think this book would make a great gift for anyone, not necessarily because of the subject, but because the way the material is presented makes book research sound like much more fun than I am sure it is in real life. I guess my inner five year old has a new dream.

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