The Exploration of Mars by Willy Ley and Wernher Von Braun
Hardcover. Condition: Fine, Dust Jacket: Very Good. 1956. Viking Press. 1st Edition. Illustrated.
Green cloth bound boards with minimal edgewear, clean unmarked interior. Dust Jacket protected by mylar sleeve. Shows some small tears and light general wear, but no large flaws
An outline of a master blueprint for man's first exploring trip to the planet Mars.
Is it too soon to consider a voyage to Mars in practical engineering terms? Even when Mars comes close to earth as it ever can (which it nearly does in 1956), the two planets are separated by almost 35 million miles of airless space and man is barely on the threshold of space travel. In addition to the unmanned orbital rockets now being developed, a manned satelite wstation will be essential before such a trip can be made. But, given the satellite, the authors of this book believe that the expedition is actually feasible with present day knowledge and fuels now available. Their guide-book to Mars tells not only how man can get there, but what astronomers have already learned, and what explorers are likely to find.