In support of your mission to mars program, i have a suggestion that may greatly aid in the long-term development of a permanent base on the red planet.
Consider, if you will, one Mr. Wile E. Coyote. Fearless, possessing great adaptability, guile and cunning, he also recovers well from inadvertant and unfortunate misshap. Wile E. Coyote surely extols the great virtues that are evidently required for mankind to not only reach the red planet, but to enable NASA to surge again and recapture some its heyday glory of the sixties, when it held everyone's attention worldwide.
Mr. Coyote's pedigree speaks for itself. American as can be, highly adaptable, familiar with a hostile, desert terrain, he opitimises the great american adventurer. Plus, his undoubted experiences (alas, not all favourable..) with rocket propulsion systems, courtesy of the Acme Supply Co. make him an ideal candidate for the first manned mission to mars.
He is most eager to join NASA's elite staff.