When it comes to Mars, the focus is often on how to get there: the rockets, the engines, the fuel. But upon arrival, what will it actually be like?
In 2013, Kate Greene moved to Mars. That is, along with five fellow crew members, she embarked on NASA’s first HI-SEAS mission, a simulated Martian environment located on the slopes of Mauna Loa in Hawai’i. For four months she lived, worked, and slept in an isolated geodesic dome, conducting a sleep study on her crew mates and gaining incredible insight into human behavior in tight quarters, as well as the nature of boredom, dreams, and isolation that arise amidst the promise of scientific progress and glory.
In Once Upon a Time I Lived on Mars, Greene draws on her experience to contemplate humanity’s broader impulse to explore. The result is a twined story of space and life, of the standard, able-bodied astronaut and Greene’s brother’s disability, of the lag time of interplanetary correspondences and the challenges of a long-distance marriage, of freeze-dried egg powder and fresh pineapple, of departure and return.
By asking what kind of wisdom humanity might take to Mars and elsewhere in the Universe, Greene has written a remarkable, wide-ranging examination of our time in space right now, as a pre-Mars species, poised on the edge, readying for launch.
Reality Mining: Using Big Data to Engineer a Better World
with Nathan Eagle
MIT Press, August 2014
$24.95 | 5.4″ x 8″| ISBN: 978-0262027687
“A smart look at how Big Data transforms our lives, from the microcosm of the individual to the macrocosm of the planet. Eagle’s pioneering research in data-mining human behavior is inspiring, while Greene’s insights on what it all means make Reality Mining an indispensable book. And importantly, privacy issues are not an afterthought but are interlaced throughout—as it should be.”
— Kenneth Cukier, coauthor of Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think
All About Eggs: Everything We Know about the World’s Most Important Food
Clarkson Potter, April 2017
$24.95 | 6.8″ x 1″ x 8.8″ | ISBN: 978-0804187756
A handbook, a cookbook, an eggbook: this quasi-encyclopedic ovarian overview is the only tome you need to own about the indispensable egg. Edited by Rachel Khong. Includes an essay by Greene about shelf-stable eggs for astronaut meals, with a specific focus on the latest technology for making powdered eggs that are surprisingly delicious upon reconstitution and cooking.
The Human Face of Big Data
Against All Odds Productions, November 2012
$50.00 | 11.2″ x 14.1″ | ISBN: 978-1454908272
A collection of images and essays bringing to life big data that includes an excerpt from Greene’s “Our Data Ourselves”, originally published in Discover magazine in December, 2011.