Project Mars: A Technical Tale
Project Mars: A Technical Tale is a 2006 science fiction novel by German-American rocket physicist, Wernher von Braun (1912–1977), credited as Dr. Wernher von Braun. It was written by von Braun in German in 1949 and entitled Marsprojekt. Henry J. White (1892–1962) translated the book into English and it was published later by Apogee Books (Canada) in 2006 as Project Mars: A Technical Tale, almost thirty years after von Braun's death. The original German text remains unpublished.
The novel set in the 1980s and is about the first human mission to Mars and their encounter with benevolent Martians on the planet. While the book was not published for 57 years, its appendix, a technical specification for an expedition to Mars was published in English in 1953 by the University of Illinois Press as The Mars Project.
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