However, one former NASA engineer believes a human mission to Mars is quite doable, and such an event would unify the world as never before. Not only are there numerous, difficult, technical issues to overcome, but the political will and perseverance of any one nation to undertake such an arduous task just can’t be counted on.Additionally, a no-return, solo mission solves many of the problems currently facing a round-trip, multiple person crew.
But the cosmonaut struck me as an adventurous, get-things-done-type person, like our original astronauts back in the 1960’s.” A return to the “get it done” attitude of the 1960’s and a goal of a manned landing within a short time frame, like Apollo, is the only way we’ll get to Mars, Mc Lane believes.
And because of a small crew size, the spacecraft could be smaller and the need for consumables and supplies would be decreased, making the mission cheaper and less complicated.
“I noticed the cosmonaut seemed to be a slightly different type of person than the American astronaut,” Mc Lane said.
“Cosmonauts are primarily pilots, and like test pilots, they are very focused on getting the job done.
He calls his proposal the “Spirit of the Lone Eagle,” in deference to Charles Lindbergh’s solo flight from New York to Paris in 1927.
Mc Lane’s idea came from his acquaintance with a Russian cosmonaut.