How not to die if you only have a few rocks around you... and some basic notions of chemistry.
You’re an astronaut, and your ship is stranded on an inhospitable planet in a remote solar system. You’ve got no water or oxygen, and there seem to be no signs of life around you. At first glance, the only option the rocky, desolate landscape around you offers is starvation. After all, you can’t eat, drink, or breathe rocks… or can you?
Rocks are made of substances that contain chemical elements crucial both to keeping us alive and making tools that facilitate our survival. In other words: a rock is not just a rock, it’s a mixture of metallic compounds, salts, organic substances, and much else, depending on the geological history of the place. A barren desert isn’t simply a collection of inert rocks, but a gigantic laboratory shelf, messy but full of chemical substances we can use to our advantage.
In Guide to Surviving in Space, we will not only discover how to use chemistry and geology to take advantage of the substances this chaotic laboratory called nature offers us, we will also visit a wide range of planets and celestial bodies find out their origin and explore the options we would have if, in the future, we were to set out on interstellar missions and establish human colonies.
Jordi Pereyra presents a new book that teaches us chemistry, physics, and astronomy through the adventures of an astronaut lost in space.
NOTA BENE: THIS BOOK IS ALSO FOR SURVIVAL ON EARTH.