NASA’s 1st Mission to Mars – For What?!!!
By Michael and Danny D’Agostino
Published: July 2017
Genre: Humor, Sci-Fi Adventure
Formats Available For Review: Print (limited quantities, only available to qualified reviewers/bloggers in the U.S.)
Chicago Scientists Rebuke NASA’s Manned Mission to Mars in their New Comedy Sci-Fi Novel, “NASA’s 1st Mission to Mars – For What?!!!”
The issue: Why spend billions of taxpayer dollars on a manned mission to Mars, a totally dead, uninhabitable planet? For what?!
This witty, sometimes off-the-wall comedy, tells it like it is with authentic, real science, because it’s written by two former scientists, emerging as the comedy writing team of Michael and Danny D’Agostino. You can confirm what they say, like living on Mars would be near impossible: due to its oxygen-poor atmosphere, lack of Earth-like organic soil, the presence of elements and compounds in the rock surface that would contaminate plant growth.
The radiation alone would kill anyone walking on the surface without a thick, all-body radiation barrier. No trees, no plant or animal life, no water, except at the polar regions where you would freeze to death – what is the justification for massive expenditures to finance a mission to a dead planet? There is none.
Penniless, flat broke, sleeping in a cardboard box in a tent city on the South Side of Chicago, this formerly undistinguished man, Stanley Marczek, becomes the first man to walk on Mars. How is it possible? Why would NASA select a civilian, non-career astronaut for the mission? Obviously, living in a confined space for nineteen months for the journey to Mars, is one consideration. Another, his screening test results prove to be exceptional, better than all other candidates. And this is a man of grit and incredible courage. He accepts NASA’s offer, seeing it as an opportunity to remake his life, earn a cool three million bucks, and return to Earth a hero. But the story isn’t just about Stanley Marczek, (aka Joksey), and the mission to Mars. It is also about his relationships with his loyal friends: Gnidek, a Viet Nam veteran, his dog Chichi, his girlfriend Hannah, and all his friends at tent city. His journey is clouded with almost insurmountable personal and technical challenges, and it is his friends who provide invaluable moral support; they are all in it together. But what is the catch? There has to be a catch. The catch is that Joksey is a man of strong will who freely expresses his mind. So when the mission is complete, and Stanley Marczek returns to Earth, he publicly questions the wisdom of all manned missions to Mars, to the embarrassment of NASA. And he does not mince words. He tells it like it is, straight out! This novel features realistic science-fiction. Although it is a comedy at heart, it makes a very poignant argument about manned missions to Mars.
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