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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.
'Once Upon A Time I Lived on Mars is a book about the wonders of space, but even more so, it’s a triumphant account of what it means to be a thoughtful, messy, and ultimately hopeful human right here on spaceship Earth.’
Juli Berwald, author of Spineless
‘Enlightening ... Greene’s eloquent memoir is equal parts escape and comfort.’
[Greene] addresses [the issues] with wit, insight, compassion, and, ultimately, hope.’
‘Greene is a talented writer, and her words shine throughout, whether discussing science or its influence on her. This engaging account will interest sf lovers, scientists, and dreamers who see the red planet in the night sky and wonder, what if.’
'In her thoughtful, well-written account of the mission, Greene not only discusses what it was like to spend several months cooped up indoors with five strangers and limited resources but also reflects on what this and other space missions can teach us about ourselves and life on Earth.’