Malcolm, Dunwin, and Shepley all board Explorer 7! Outside the rocket, the loudspeakers count down to launch!
“10… 9…8…7…6…ignition sequence start….5…4…3…2…1…IGNITION!”
“We have liftoff!”
The powerful Sarnus Va rocket lifts Explorer 7 higher and higher!
Until orbit is reached! Then, with just 3 minutes to spare until the transfer window, Malcolm fires the engines!
“Engines firing…. We’re on course!”
Explorer 7 soars past Mun on its way out of Kerbin’s SOI!
Hours later, the Advanced Duna Lander departs for Duna! The two spacecraft will arrive at Duna in 208 days!
“Ok, we’re on our way! Mission Control, we’re handing over vehicle control to KSC! “
“That means it’s time to head over to the Cryo Section… And take a little nap!”
The 3 Kerbals prepare to head over to the Cryo Module to enter Cryo-Stasis! The mission schedule has them starting suspension tomorrow!
One thought on “Year 18, Day 274 (Explorer 7 Launches, Heading to Duna!)”
I usually don’t like sending convoys of ships, but in this case it was necessary! The next Duna mission will replicate this one, so there is a backup lander for emergencies!