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HOW DO YOU BURP IN SPACE? by Susan E. Goodman


And Other Tips Every Space Tourist Needs to Know

by Susan E. Goodman ; illustrated by Michael Slack

Pub Date: July 9th, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-59990-068-1
Publisher: Bloomsbury

With space tourism close to becoming a reality, Goodman and Slack offer aspiring young intergalactic travelers an entertaining and informative travel guide.

The slim handbook gives readers who will be the first generation of true space tourists general advice about how to prepare for the trip, what to pack, what food and accommodations will be like, and recreational opportunities both in Earth’s orbit and on the moon. She also highlights some hazards, such as drinking carbonated drinks: Burping in microgravity brings up more than just CO2. The details included are both revelatory and delivered in a way that maximizes engagement: Space tourists are advised to make sure words on the walls are right side up when orienting themselves in zero gravity. The breezy narrative also incorporates amusing and inspirational comments from astronauts and space scientists. In addition to an abundant collection of space and astronaut photographs are goofy cartoon images complementing Goodman’s light tone. An unfortunate oversight in the suggestions for further reading is the omission of Tanya Lee Stone’s Sibert-winning Almost Astronauts (2009) among other books on space travel.

A fizzy look at what space vacationers of the near future can expect.

(photographs, glossary, websites, source notes, index [not seen]) (Nonfiction. 8-12)