This book presents a survey of the current state of the various technologies for manned Mars exploration. It covers launch vehicles, trajectories, life support systems, in-situ resource utilisation, human physiology aspects e.g radiation and zero "g", Entry, Descent and Landing systems, power systems and many others. It reviews the current status of such systems and discusses the further developments that will be needed prior to a human visit to Mars. The feasibility of undertaking such developments is considered. Lunar mission architectures and resource utilisation are also covered.
It also presents a critical review of proposed Mars missions, including not only NASA and ESA plans but also others including Mars Direct and the Mars Society Mission.
Whilst by its nature a technical work, the book is quite readable, and may be readily followed without difficulty by anyone with some sort of scientific, technical or engineering background or education.
I would suggest that this is a useful book for anyone with an interest in manned Mars exploration.