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What's It Like in Space?: Stories from Astronauts Who've Been There

Cover: 'What's It Like in Space?: Stories from Astronauts Who've Been There'

Staff Review: "What's It Like in Space?: Stories from Astronauts Who've Been There" by Ariel Waldman


If you're like me, you've often wondered what it's like for astronauts up in outer space; what it smells like, what it sounds like, and the overall difficulty of adapting to daily life. Now, there's a book that answers a lot of those questions and provides other interesting facts straight from the men and women who have traveled there and back!

The facts presented in this book range from fun and factual to odd. It's neat to hear astronauts and cosmonauts describe how things look from outer space, such as lightning, clouds, the aurora borealis or the sunrise that occurs every 90 minutes in space. It's also intriguing to read about the intricacies of daily life aboard a space station, including how some astronauts have bartered sugar cookies for supplies and how things like soup or yogurt are nearly impossible to eat in a zero-gravity environment. Did you know that space travelers often have a hard time getting rid of head colds without gravity to help drain mucus? Or that astronauts have to work out two and a half hours every day so that their muscles don't atrophy? I didn’t until I read this!

What’s It Like in Space? is something you’ll definitely want to check out for yourself if you’re interested in science or space travel. It’s a very quick read, and worth it.

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction

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