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Rochester Reads 2013

Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach

Packing for Mars book cover Mary Roach is known for her wry science writing in the bestselling books Stiff and Spook. In Packing for Mars, Roach tackles the strange science of space travel, and the psychology, technology, and politics that go into sending a crew into orbit. Roach is unfailingly inquisitive (Why is it impolite for astronauts to float upside down during conversations? Just how smelly does a spacecraft get after a two week mission?), and she eagerly seeks out the stories that don't make it onto NASA's website--from SPCA-certified space suits for chimps, to the trial-and-error approach to crafting menus during the space program's early years (when the chefs are former livestock veterinarians, taste isn't high on the priority list). (from

Mary Roach on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Junior Selection

Mars: You Decide How to Survive by Hena Kahn and David Borgenicht

Mars Junior BookJoin the youngest crew of astronauts ever to make the trip to Mars! Faced with fearsome dangers and difficult decisions, your choices will determine your fate on the Red Planet.

Will you achieve the mission and return home to Earth safely, successfully earning the title of the youngest astronaut ever to make it to Mars?

Picture Book Selection

Mousetronaut: A Partially True Story by Mark Kelly

Mousetronaut book coverAstronaut Mark Kelly flew with “mice-tronauts” on his first spaceflight aboard space shuttle Endeavour in 2001. Mousetronaut tells the story of a small mouse that wants nothing more than to travel to outer space. The little mouse works as hard as the bigger mice to show readiness for the mission . . . and is chosen for the flight!