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Once Upon a Time I Lived on Mars: Space, Exploration and Life on Earth K. Greene


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Once Upon a Time I Lived on Mars: Space, Exploration and Life on Earth 
by Kate Greene
Paperback – 16 March 2021
A powerful reflection on life in isolation, in pursuit of the dream of Mars.
In 2013 Kate Greene moved to Mars.
On NASA’s first HI-SEAS simulated Mars mission in Hawai’i, she lived for four months in an isolated geodesic dome with her crewmates, gaining incredible insight into human behaviour in tight quarters, as well as the nature of boredom, dreams and isolation that arise amidst the promise of scientific progress and glory.
Greene draws on her experience to contemplate what makes an astronaut, the challenges of freeze-dried eggs and time-lagged correspondence, the cost of shooting for a Planet B. The result is a story of space and life, of the slippage between dreams and reality, of bodies in space, and of humanity’s incredible impulse to explore.
From trying out life on Mars, Greene examines what it is to live on Earth.
About the Author
Kate Greene is an essayist, poet, journalist, and former laser physicist whose work has appeared in Aeon, Harvard Review, the New Yorker, The Economist, and WIRED, among others. She was second-in command on the first simulated Mars mission for NASA’s HI-SEAS project. She holds a BS in chemistry, an MS in physics and an MFA in poetry, and has taught writing at Columbia University, San Francisco State University, and the Tennessee Prison for Women. She lives in NYC.
Product details
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Icon; 1st edition (16 March 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 240 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1785786830
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 9781785786839
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.5 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm

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Weight 0.300 g
Dimensions 25 × 15 × 3 cm


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Adults, Young Adults

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Once Upon a Time I Lived ON Mars: Space, Exploration and Life ON Earth

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Icon Books Ltd

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Biographies & True Stories

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240 Pages


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