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Mission to Mars
Collins, Michael, 1930-
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First edition.
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New York : Grove Weidenfeld, [1990]

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xii, 307 pages ; 24 cm
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Booklist Review

Former astronaut Michael Collins has become a formidable advocate of a manned Mars mission as a way of revitalizing our space program, developing advanced space technologies, and promoting international cooperation in space. In this book he uses a combination of exposition and novelistic narrative to present the scenario for a two-year Mars mission in the year 2004. Collins is both an authority and an excellent writer; the book reads exceedingly well, covers its topic thoroughly, and hence belongs in most space collections. ~--Roland Green

Publisher's Weekly Review

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. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Collins, who was on the Apollo-11 mission to the Moon, has made a large effort in this book because he is convinced that men and women on Mars should be the next space goal for the US, in cooperation with the USSR, Japan, and the European nations. He knows NASA well, has a mastery of the English language, and has studied Mars in every detail. His judgment is sound, based on many years' work in NASA as well as on his Apollo experience circling the Moon for several days. The book, of 25 chapters, starts with what is known about Mars and the possible ways of getting there and ends with 6 chapters on the 10-year preparation and 22-month flight out and back in 2004-05. He gives reasons for a second flight to found a colony in 2012. In conversational style, Collins recognizes the economic and political requirements for a decision to go, and uses an astronaut's judgment in picking a spacecraft design and an 11-month "flip" route via Venus. His preparations, starting in 1993 with the selection of four married couples as the crews for two spacecraft, the medical and psychological problems en route, the landing, the habitat, and the use of a Rover are all highly realistic and keep the reader in suspense until the 5-G aerobraking before the craft's docking with the FREEDOM Space Station for quarantine inspection. Wisely, Collins leaves open what discoveries are made on his visionary mission. No other book on Mars can match this account until the trip is actually made. All levels of readers. -T. Page, NASA Johnson Space Center