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Madison County Reads 2017: Packing For Mars: Home

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Madison County Reads is a community program sponsored by the Huntsville-Madison Public Library that encourages everyone in the county to read the same book or the works of a single author. The library has been hosting this month-long program every spring since 2002.

Packing For Mars by Mary Roach is the focus of this year's Madison County Reads. To enhance the reading experience, the library will be offering various speaker events, hands-on programs, crafts, science clubs, story times, and special events. There will be opportunities at all the branches across the county, and all of these will relate to references and themes from the book.

Packing for Mars by Mary Roach


Huntsville-Madison County Public Library invites you to read along with us for the month of March. 

About the Author:

Mary Roach is an American author of book about popular science and humor. She was born in Hanover, New Hampshire in 1959.

About the Book:

Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. 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? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 4,000 miles per hour? To answer these questions, space agencies set up all manner of quizzical and startlingly bizarre space simulations -- making it 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), Packing for Mars takes us on a surreally entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth.