First Edition of Mission to Mars; Inscribed by Michael Collins to Buzz Aldrin
Mission To Mars.
Collins, Michael; Aldrin, Buzz.$2,500.00
Item Number: 18036
New York: Grove Weidenfeld, 1990.
First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by the author on the half title page to Buzz and Lois Aldrin, “For Buzz and Lois with all good wishes- Mike Collins Dec. ’90.” An exceptional association, linking these two members of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with some toning to the spine.
Mission to Mars is a well-written account of Michael Collins' 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.