Mary Roach

Author, Packing for Mars
Human Spaceflight

Packing for Mars

Mary Roach is the author of the New York Times bestsellers GRUNT: The Curious Science of Humans at War; PACKING FOR MARS: The Curious Science of Life in the Void; STIFF: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers; GULP: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, and BONK: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex. Mary has written for National Geographic, Wired, Discover, New Scientist, the Journal of Clinical Anatomy, and Outside, among others. She serves as a member of the Mars Institute’s Advisory Board and the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary. Her 2009 TED talk made the organization’s Twenty Most-Watched To Date list. She was the guest editor of the 2011 Best American Science and Nature Writing, a finalist for the 2014 Royal Society Winton Prize, and a winner of the American Engineering Societies’ Engineering Journalism Award, in a category for which, let’s be honest, she was the sole entrant.

Photo Credit: Jen Siska.

My Sessions

Ariel Waldman and Mary Roach: Life in Space!

Main Stage

We’re all obsessed with the glamour of space travel: the cool spacesuits, the EVAs, the awesome photos. But what’s it really like to be in space for extended periods? Join Ariel Waldman, author of the new book “What’s It Like In Space?: Stories From Astronauts Who’ve Been There”, along with Mary Roach, author of “Packing […]


Book Signing: Mary Roach, Ariel Waldman, & Charlie Jane Anders

Exploration Hall

Swing by the Booksmith table in the Exploration Hall to grab a signed copy of “Packing For Mars” by Mary Roach, “What’s It Like in Space?” by Ariel Waldman, and “All the Birds in the Sky” by Charlie Jane Anders.