Explorer 5 is rolled out to launch, an exciting new chapter in Kerbal exploration of space!
Blastoff! The massive Jool IV rocket lifts Explorer 5 to the clouds…
…. and beyond to orbit!
“Mission Control, this is Malcolm on the X-9! Mitster and I are OK for take off!”
The X-9 will fly the Explorer 5 crew to the spacecraft!
Malcolm flies the spacecraft on launch, with Mitster supervising.
“So far so good!”
Explorer 5 reaches orbit, and Malcolm starts the rendezvous maneuvers to meet up with Explorer 5!
“OK… the X-9 is a bit tricky with its RCS controls… this might take a few tries!”
It does take awhile, but eventually the X-9 docks with Explorer 5! Val, Bill, and Bob all transfer over!
OK guys… I’ll go first! Glykerol levels normal… initiating freeze!
“It worked! Our turn… see you in a few minutes Bob!”
With that Bill throws the “freeze!” lever, and the crew of Explorer 5 is in stasis, ready for the trip to Duna!
Malcolm brings the X-9 in for a landing!
“Mission Control, Malcom here! I’m in the pipe, five by five!”
It’s a tricky night landing, but Malcolm brings the X-9 home! All of Kerbin now waits for Explorer 5 to depart!