Mary Roach - Packing for Mars

I didn’t know that there was a limit to my interest in sewage, but Roach found it. Actually, astronaut porn was my limit. Sewage was just the icing on the cake. 

The premise - and first half - of this book was super enjoyable. I sprinkled “did you knows” about going to space, the moon, and Mars liberally throughout numerous conversations. It’s a book worth reading if you’re even remotely interested in space travel and you want to know about the real scientific and engineering challenges NASA et al face, not just the fancy and glamorous ones.

It wasn’t even really the sewage that got me, the floating faeces and horrid stench that apparently characterizes visits to space. It was the skin. The floating skin. An entire chapter with great detail dedicated to what happens to dead skin cells in zero-gravity. This is the kind of book that doesn’t lend itself as well to an audiobook, because you can’t control the pacing. Sometimes you want to just skim through the space skin bits.