This is the day! Mitster triple checks the calculations, and Orlas does the same.
“Looks good! Let’s light this candle!”
Explorer fires what’s left of the orbital stage to get a little extra ‘kick’ to Eve! Then….
The protective fairings on the nuclear engines fire!
Explorer soars out of Kerbin’s orbit…
and heads to Eve! If calculations are correct, and they better be, Explorer will arrive at Eve in 120 days… on Year 4, Day 33!
The engines stop firing, glowing red from the heat! Orlas activates the primary communication antenna as well!
“Wow… those engines sure get hot!”
After the engines are done firing, the crew moves to the habitat section and get comfy… 120 days is the longest mission ever attempted by Kerbals!