From Publishers Weekly
An insider's exciting view of U.S. plans to land on--and even colonize--the Red Planet, this well-written account includes the author's blueprint for a 22-month mission to Mars that would depart Earth in June 2004. Collins, who piloted the Apollo moon mission in 1969, envisions the deployment of two mother ships (one for backup), plus two landing craft, and speculates on the possibility of a joint Soviet-U.S. mission, or a multinational cooperative effort. Despite an estimated pricetag of $200 billion for his scenario, "we'd still be spending more on cigarettes if the cost is spread over 15 years," he calculates. Going to Mars, in his opinion, "would be the salvation" of NASA, giving the agency a unifying vision and sense of purpose, while providing alleged spiritual benefits to the populace ("It is a humbling experience to see the Earth from afar"). Photos.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
YA-- Space flight to Mars is possible with today's technology--if various systems and procedures can be perfected, modified, or adapted. The list of changes goes on and on, as will the excitement of challenge to current and future scientists and engineers. Collins examines the benefits and obstacles of a Mars landing and concludes that it would re-energize NASA, increase numbers of doctoral degrees granted in science and engineering, and promoteour national proficiencies in these areas. His detailed examination of such an exploration, ending in a 2004 case study, provides questions and imagery helpful to both personal insight and classroom inquiry into our space program. Science teachers may want to devote class time to discussing specific ideas, chapters, perhaps the entire book. Debate and creative-writing students will find a gold mine of "what if's," and science fiction fans can be directed to this perspective on tomorrow.- Barbara Hawkins, West Potomac High School, Fairfax County, VA
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.