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  1. In PACKING FOR MARS The Curious Science of Life in the Void [W. W. Norton & Company; August 2, 2010; $25.95 hardcover], best-selling author Mary Roach explores the final frontier, space: a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive, including air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, and privacy.

    Embarking on a series of hilarious adventures through the galaxy of research facilities and simulated space stations across the globe, Roach asks the important questions. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can one 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 spacewalk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour?

    From the isolation chambers to bed-rest experiments to the first animals that ventured into space, Roach tours the gamut of space research and learns that space exploration is very much an exploration of what it means to be human. Though riddled with moments of silliness and hilarity, humanity’s efforts to understand the great void have produced awe-inspiring results, such as the landing of a delicate scientific instrument upon the surface of Mars, more than 400 million miles away. As Mary Roach ultimately discovers, “space doesn’t just encompass the sublime and the ridiculous. It erases the line between.”

    Mary Roach is the author of Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, and Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex. She lives in Oakland, California and will be touring nationally for the book.

    Please contact Erin Lovett at 212-790-4388 or by email at elovett@wwnorton.com with any questions.

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