corner corner Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void (Advance Reading Copy)


16 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by indygo88 from Lafayette, Indiana USA on Friday, July 16, 2010

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"Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? have sex? smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour? To answer these questions, space agencies set up all manner of quizzical and startlingly bizarre space simulations. As Mary Roach discovers, it’s possible to preview space without ever leaving Earth. From the space shuttle training toilet to a crash test of NASA’s new space capsule (cadaver filling in for astronaut), Roach takes us on a surreally entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth."

Acquired through LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program. (Yeah!) 


Journal Entry 2 by indygo88 at Lafayette, Indiana USA on Wednesday, August 18, 2010

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Bookray being organized! Current mailing order:

tranq1 (FL)
JennyC1230 (GA)
guinaveve (OH)
arugh48187 (MN)
kiyoteefoxx (PA)
Aramena (OK)
NMReader (NM)
galleycat (CA) (skipped; no response)
oldreader (CA)
hyphen8 (HI)
azuki (FL)
collectorkerri (IL)




 


Journal Entry 3 by indygo88 at Lafayette, Indiana USA on Monday, August 30, 2010

8 out of 10

Once again, Mary Roach has turned this fiction lover into a lover of nonfiction as well. As with her previous books, Roach tackles a large amount of information and research & presents it in a way that anyone can enjoy and appreciate. And she's funny -- deadpan funny -- which makes it all the more enjoyable. I want to meet Mary Roach. I want to be her. And once again, as soon as I finish her most current book, I can't wait for the next one.

I have a middle ground opinion of space exploration. Like most people, I'm curious & want to know more about what's out there and what untapped potential is waiting to be discovered. But I also think any space exploration & all that's involved in its preparation is so extremely costly that there's no way to justify it when there are so many other needs in the world. But still.....I can see how alluring all the space stuff is & part of me just wants to say go for it -- spend all that money & let's see where it takes us. While a manned trip to Mars seems to be the current ultimate goal of the space program, there are so many things that are being researched just to even get close to that point -- things you'd never think about but that Roach explores in this book. And as always, she manages to take a serious topic and make the reader giggle &/or laugh out loud. Kudos to Roach for yet another well-researched and thoroughly enjoyable book!

Ironically, just a few days ago it was announced that NASA's administrator, Charles Bolden, would be making a visit to Purdue's campus (practically outside my back door) within the next couple of weeks. Prior to reading this book, I probably wouldn't have thought twice about that, but now that my interest in space travel is once again piqued, I think I'm going to plan to attend the talk. :') 


Journal Entry 4 by indygo88 at Lafayette, Indiana USA on Monday, August 30, 2010

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Wrapping up & will be sending out tomorrow to tranq1 to start the ring! Happy travels! :') 


Journal Entry 5 by tranq1 at Tampa, Florida USA on Friday, September 03, 2010

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Received it today. Thank you indygo88. 


Journal Entry 6 by tranq1 at Tampa, Florida USA on Thursday, September 16, 2010

9 out of 10

I enjoyed reading this. I have always had a strong interest in space travel. The book has lots of interesting antidotes about NASA and the space program and as with all Mary Roach books it is very funny even while she is discussing serious topics. 


Journal Entry 7 by tranq1 at to the next participant, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, September 16, 2010

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Released 7 yrs ago (9/16/2010 UTC) at to the next participant, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases

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Sending to JennyC1230 who is next in the ring. 


Journal Entry 8 by JennyC1230 at Woodstock, Georgia USA on Tuesday, September 21, 2010

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The book is here! I will read it soon and pass it on to the next person! Thanks for sharing! 


Journal Entry 9 by JennyC1230 at Woodstock, Georgia USA on Monday, October 04, 2010

9 out of 10

My Review: This book was fascinating and funny! I always wondered how do you go to the bathroom in space and what do you eat, etc. It's a really fascinating history of space too.

My husband Lumbermoose is going to read this quickly and then I will send to the next person in line. 


Journal Entry 10 by Lumbermoose at Woodstock, Georgia USA on Wednesday, October 20, 2010

8 out of 10

Sorry - I didn't know it was part of a bookring. I'll finish it ASAP.

11/7/10 -- As always, Mary Roach explores an interesting subject from a different angle. It's funny to read the interviews she did with the astronauts - here are men and women who have been asked every serious question you can think of only to get a curve ball when Mary Roach throws out an odd question. Great book! 


Journal Entry 11 by Lumbermoose at Woodstock, Georgia USA on Monday, November 08, 2010

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Released 7 yrs ago (11/8/2010 UTC) at Woodstock, Georgia USA

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Passing back to JennyC to send to the next participant. Thank you for including me. 


Journal Entry 12 by JennyC1230 at Woodstock, Georgia USA on Monday, November 08, 2010

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I'm sorry we kept this one so long! Thank you for sharing!

I am planning to mail this tomorrow to Guineveve.

Delivery Confirmation #03100480000228210249 


Journal Entry 13 by guinaveve at Mason, Ohio USA on Saturday, November 13, 2010

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Thank you for including me in this bookring. I am now going to PM the next participant to have their address when I finish the book. I will start this after my current read.  


Journal Entry 14 by guinaveve at Mason, Ohio USA on Friday, November 26, 2010

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This is an informative, fun read full of the things that you don't often read about in the NASA publications. I find space exploration intriguing and this was all the more so with the frequent mentions of Wright Patterson Air Force Base which is about 35 minutes north of where I live. I have visited several times since I was a child and have taken my kids there many times too.
I have heard of other books by this author and always intended to read them, but now I am all the more committed to searching them out.
Thanks for sharing with me. I will mail this on to the next participant early next week.  


Journal Entry 15 by guinaveve at by postal services in Sent by mail, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases on Sunday, November 28, 2010

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Released 7 yrs ago (11/29/2010 UTC) at by postal services in Sent by mail, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases

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Thanks for sharing this with me. 


Journal Entry 16 by arugh48187 at Minneapolis, Minnesota USA on Thursday, December 30, 2010

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I found this one in my PO box this afternoon. I am in the middle of a book right now, and then this is next up. (I actually started it while waiting in the interminable line at the post office and I think I am going to like it.) 


Journal Entry 17 by arugh48187 at Minneapolis, Minnesota USA on Friday, February 25, 2011

9 out of 10

Yikes! It's been here almost two months. Good thing I have finished it. And I loved it. I especailly love Mary's asides. I had trouble finding the asterisks sometimes (they need to be bigger), but I managed. Those little comments were my favorite part of the book. I completely grossed out my husband while describing the elimanation complexities of zero gravity. Serves him right for complaining that I never talk about what I read. Ha! The unwashed chapter gave me the heebie-jeebies as I can hardly stand to go two days without a shower. I cringe just thinking about it. Anyway, good read. Thanks for sharing. 


Journal Entry 18 by arugh48187 at -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, trades, Minnesota USA on Friday, February 25, 2011

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Released 6 yrs ago (2/25/2011 UTC) at -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, trades, Minnesota USA

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Mailed off to kiyoteefoxx who is next on the list. Happy reading! 


Journal Entry 19 by kiyoteefoxx at Littlestown, Pennsylvania USA on Tuesday, May 03, 2011

8 out of 10

Sorry I kept it so long, I loved it! Wasn't sure that I would like the non-fiction but this author is excellent, quite an enjoyable read.
Thank you for including me and again, I'm sorry about the delay. Life gets in the way of my reading sometimes ;) 


Journal Entry 20 by wingAramenawing at Moore, Oklahoma USA on Thursday, June 02, 2011

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Arrived yesterday but my internet was down. I finished my current read this morning so I'll start this today.  


Journal Entry 21 by wingAramenawing at Moore, Oklahoma USA on Thursday, June 09, 2011

10 out of 10

If you’re like me and don’t read a lot of non-fiction but feel you should read more of it and have the intentions…Mary Roach is a great place to start. I’d read one of her books previously, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, and I felt like she was someone I would get along with in real life. She would fit right in with my family and would “get” our humor.

My sister used to work in payroll at Space Center Houston, touted on their website as the “Official Visitor’s Center of NASA’s Johnson Space Center”. When we visited her one summer, she took us on a tour, and thanks to her connection I’ve always been interested in NASA and what’s going on there.

In her book, Ms. Roach takes us way behind the scenes. You’ll learn more about space exploration and preparation than you ever thought you wanted to. The book touches on gravity, psychology, a crash test lab, how to eat in space, how to use the bathroom in space, etc. While not laugh out loud funny, the author does present everything in a humorous way, so what could at times be a dry and boring subject will keep your interest. She also includes lots of footnotes and asides, some of which have nothing to do with space itself but are nevertheless interesting. As someone said before me, I sometimes struggled to find the asterisk to know what sentence the footnote related too - hopefully since this is an ARC, that problem was addressed when the book came out.

I'll be mailing to the next participant tomorrow. I'm even more eager now to read more of this author! 


Journal Entry 22 by wingAramenawing at Moore, Oklahoma USA on Friday, June 10, 2011

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Released 6 yrs ago (6/10/2011 UTC) at Moore, Oklahoma USA

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On it's way to NMReader! 


Journal Entry 23 by NMReader at Herndon, Virginia USA on Friday, July 08, 2011

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I am not sure what happened but I remember journaling this book when I got it but I noticed it wasn't on my bookshelf yesterday.

It has been here for a while - sorry 


Journal Entry 24 by NMReader at Herndon, Virginia USA on Wednesday, August 03, 2011

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I thought a staus update might be appreciated.

I have started the book but I am on a two week break with niece that doesn't give me a lot of reading time. I will read as fast as I can.

Enjoying the book so far- and as always the footnotes are the best part

August 10th: I'm about halfway through the book and enjoying it very much. 


Journal Entry 25 by NMReader at Herndon, Virginia USA on Thursday, August 18, 2011

9 out of 10

I finished this book on Sunday August 14th.

It was as always a delightful read with wonderful footnotes and a wicked sense of humor that Mary Roach brings to her all her writings. I am so glad that I signed up to read this book.

I thought I had the next reader's address and have been pm-ing for it but not such luck. I will try one more time and also pm the person following them on the list.  


Journal Entry 26 by NMReader at Herndon, Virginia USA on Thursday, August 18, 2011

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Released 6 yrs ago (8/18/2011 UTC) at Herndon, Virginia USA

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Dropped at PO by a very nice lady.

The delivery confirmation # is 0309 1140 0001 4002 2971 


Journal Entry 27 by oldreader at Citrus Heights, California USA on Sunday, August 21, 2011

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TBR arrivede today 


Journal Entry 28 by oldreader at Citrus Heights, California USA on Wednesday, September 14, 2011

7 out of 10

Her books have all been interesting.Each filled with unusual funny facts.Thanks for sharing.Waiting for addy for hyphen8. 


Journal Entry 29 by oldreader at ~~~ ♥ ~~~ A Friend ~~~ ♥ ~~~, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA on Monday, September 26, 2011

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Released 6 yrs ago (9/23/2011 UTC) at ~~~ ♥ ~~~ A Friend ~~~ ♥ ~~~, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA

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mailed to the next person. 


Journal Entry 30 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Friday, October 14, 2011

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Help, they're ganging up on me! I'm in the middle of a ring book right now, and there's at least one other on its way. It doesn't seem to matter whether I space out the sign-ups or not: they arrive in bunches regardless....

Anyway, I expect to enjoy this and I'll get to it as soon as I can, thanks!

Must...read....faster.... 


Journal Entry 31 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Sunday, November 06, 2011

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I admit it: I'm a little bit of a space nut. I once won a trip to Space Camp which was fantastic even if we didn't get to wear blue flight suits, and I'm sad that I'll never get the chance to see a shuttle launch in person. I enjoyed Stiff and Bonk, so when I found out that Mary Roach had written this book, I knew I wanted to read it. Thank you indygo88 for sharing it with us!

At some point before it got to me, this book apparently had a bath. Or a shower. Or something. It sustained some significant water staining and wrinkling, but nowhere near enough to keep me from reading it. :p

This is an ARC, and there were a few small details that I hope were fixed before the final copy, but the main thing I missed was the copyright page (I had to look online to see that this was a 2010 book) and a list of photo credits. I'll have to look up another copy at some point to satisfy my curiosity: I'm particularly interested in the origami Space Shuttle - I think that's my favorite page of the book (shown in journal entry) even though it doesn't look anything like the JAXA version. The Japanese text over the photo says "supēsu shatoru" (space shuttle); I haven't figured out who designed this particular model yet.

I have to agree with earlier readers about the asterisks - part of me wanted to take a highlighter and spotlight each one after I'd managed to hunt it down (but I didn't).

Favorite single line from the book:

Gravity is the lust of the cosmos.

And I love the closing paragraph:

The nobility of the human spirit grows harder for me to believe in. War, zealotry, greed, malls, narcissism. I see a back-handed nobility in excessive, impractical outlays of cash prompted by nothing loftier than a species joining hands and saying, "I bet we can do this." Yes, the money could be better spent on Earth. But would it? Since when has money saved by government red-lining been spent on education and cancer research? It is always squandered. Let's squander some on Mars. Maybe not now, but at some point. Let's go out and play.

...and the packing continues:

* It looks like the Red Bull Stratos Mission hasn't happened yet. There was a legal challenge which has been resolved but it isn't clear if or when the jump will take place.

* The ESA's Mars500 crew just "came home" from their mission. Once I finish this journal entry, I'm off to watch the short version on video.

*** Note: indygo88 has authorized a detour for this book - it will go to azuki before it gets sent to collectorkerri *** 


Journal Entry 32 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Sunday, November 06, 2011

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Released 6 yrs ago (11/7/2011 UTC) at Honolulu, Hawaii USA

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This book is hitching a ride to Florida with a CD audio box


Journal Entry 33 by wingazukiwing at Miami, Florida USA on Tuesday, November 29, 2011

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Book is here. It looks like a well-travelled and well-read book...
Mary Roach's patent humor shines on the first page already. I'd love to tear into it although I have to let it wait in line behind a couple other rings I have waiting now. But most certainly I will enjoy it. Thanks hypen8 for telling me about the ring and indygo88 for letting me join in.

ETA: 1/5 Sorry for being such a staller, but I am not able to start on the book till all the holiday craziness is over - didn't really get much reading done last month. Will finish as fast as I can and pass it on.  


Journal Entry 34 by wingazukiwing at Miami, Florida USA on Friday, January 27, 2012

8 out of 10

Sorry for taking so long to read this book.

I probably won't read this were it not for Mary Roach's name. I really enjoy her previous books, and while the topic of space does not interest me as much, it's nonetheless entertaining in Roach's trademark style of humor, including and especially the footnotes. My inner child loves all the talk about gross and dirty stuff.

This will head to the next reader tomorrow.  


Journal Entry 35 by wingcollectorkerriwing at Springfield, Illinois USA on Tuesday, January 31, 2012

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Received today. Will read ASAP. 


Journal Entry 36 by wingcollectorkerriwing at Springfield, Illinois USA on Monday, August 06, 2012

9 out of 10

My husband and I are space geeks (him more so than me) and Mary Roach fans, so we loved this exploration into the science behind space travel. It seems we have a long way to go before we could pull off a manned Mars mission. I guess the rovers (Curiosity just touched down this morning) will have to do for now.

The book is on its way to its next reader as part of the Nonfiction Virtual Bookbox. Enjoy! 


Journal Entry 37 by wingBooksandMusicwing at Seattle, Washington USA on Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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I've received this book, thank you. Going on to TBR and I look forward to reading it. 


Journal Entry 38 by wingBooksandMusicwing at Seattle, Washington USA on Sunday, April 07, 2013

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Great book! Consistently fascinating and fantastically funny. It sounds TERRIBLE to be an astronaut! But Mary Roach sure can find the funny.
Absolutely recommended! 


Journal Entry 39 by wingBooksandMusicwing at Seattle, Washington USA on Sunday, June 02, 2013

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I am putting this into the non fic VBB 


Journal Entry 40 by wingBooksandMusicwing at Seattle, Washington USA on Monday, August 26, 2013

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I am putting this into the Bio of Things book box. 


Journal Entry 41 by wingBooksandMusicwing at Seattle, Washington USA on Friday, August 30, 2013

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Released 4 yrs ago (8/29/2013 UTC) at Seattle, Washington USA

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Mailed off to HI as part of the Bio of Things book box. 


Journal Entry 42 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Wednesday, September 11, 2013

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I've already read this so I'll leave it in the box for someone else, but I wanted to note that since this copy was last in my hands the Red Bull Stratos jump has finally taken place, successfully.

Note: I asked some friends at an origami convention in October 2013, and we *still* haven't figured out who designed the space shuttle origami model pictured in the book... 


Journal Entry 43 by wingazukiwing at Miami, Florida USA on Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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I've read this already, actually the exact same book, though a bit better for wear. Taking this out of the box as I know it's on another BCer's wishlist, so it's going as a RABCK.  


Journal Entry 44 by wingshnedwardswing at Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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And a surprise RABCK! Thank you so much for this azuki! This is going straight to the top of my TBR pile. 


Journal Entry 45 by wingshnedwardswing at Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Saturday, February 08, 2014

10 out of 10

I was so excited to receive this, I couldn't even wait until I'd finished my current book before starting it. I love Mary Roach. As usual, I chuckled frequently ("What are you laughing at, Mummy?", "I'm reading about pooing in space!") and read bits out loud, spoiling it for my husband, who's going to read it next. Marking as PC until he's finished.

Thanks again, azuki! 


Journal Entry 46 by wingshnedwardswing at Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Sunday, March 30, 2014

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Husband has finished with this book now (he said he enjoyed it, but not as much as Gulp) so it's free to travel onwards soon. 


Journal Entry 47 by wingshnedwardswing at to a fellow bookcrosser, --by post or by hand (ie ring, ray, RABCK, trade) -- Controlled Releases on Sunday, April 13, 2014

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Released 3 yrs ago (4/12/2014 UTC) at to a fellow bookcrosser, --by post or by hand (ie ring, ray, RABCK, trade) -- Controlled Releases

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Passed on to discoverylover 


Journal Entry 48 by wingdiscoveryloverwing at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Thursday, April 17, 2014

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Wow, I had no idea this book was so well travelled when Snedwards gave it to me! I think I've read all but one of Mary Roach's other books and particularly loved Bonk and Stiff so I'm really looking forward to reading this one! 


Journal Entry 49 by wingdiscoveryloverwing at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Sunday, June 01, 2014

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Starting this today as I have a person and deadline in mind for it! 


Journal Entry 50 by wingdiscoveryloverwing at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Saturday, July 05, 2014

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It took me a LONG time to read this book - none of which had anything to do with the book itself. I thoroughly enjoyed this while I was reading it, but life seemed to get in the way of actually having any time to sit down and actually read it!

I think probably what I love most about her books is that she's exactly like a toddler, not afraid of asking the most ridiculous questions, and then not afraid of sharing that information. Plus with a healthy interest in excrement!

I'm pretty sure I've got the right person in mind for this!
 


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