Packing for Mars for Kids

Packing for Mars for Kids

by Mary Roach
Packing for Mars for Kids

Packing for Mars for Kids

by Mary Roach


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“America’s funniest science writer” (Washington Post) asks the questions children ask in this young readers adaptation of her best-selling Packing for Mars.

What is it like to float weightlessly in the air? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a spacewalk? How do astronauts go to the bathroom? Is it true that they don’t shower? Can farts really be deadly in space?

Best-selling Mary Roach has the answers. In this whip-smart, funny, and informative young readers adaptation of her best-selling Packing for Mars, Roach guides us through the irresistibly strange, frequently gross, and awe-inspiring realm of space travel and life without gravity. From flying on NASA’s Weightless Wonder to eating space food, Packing for Mars for Kids is chock-full of firs-hand experiences and thorough research. Roach has crafted an authoritative and accessible book that is perfectly pitched to inquiring middle grade readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781324052555
Publisher: Norton Young Readers
Publication date: 05/02/2023
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 60,596
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Mary Roach is the author of five best-selling works of nonfiction, including Grunt, Stiff, and, most recently, Fuzz. Her writing has appeared in National Geographic and the New York Times Magazine, among other publications. She lives in Oakland, California.


San Francisco, California

Place of Birth:

New Hampshire


B.A., Wesleyan University, 1981

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Gravity Rules 7

2 What It's Like to Fly 21

3 Barfing on the Ceiling 35

4 Toilet Training for Grown-ups 55

5 Strange Dinners 73

6 Life Without a Bath 93

7 Roommates for Very Small Rooms 113

Conclusion 125

Acknowledgments 131

Index 132

Picture Credits 136

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