Aurora 23 launches from Cape Kerman, carrying Mitster, Chrisnic, and Kimmy!
Once in out of the atmosphere, the protective fairing deploys, and the spacecraft starts burning to rendezvous with DSV-3 Horizon!
“There it is! Slowing us down to stationkeeping….”
Once Aurora 23 has matched speeds exactly with Horizon, Mitster heads over to the Slate Lander!
“I’m outside the lander… it looks in good shape! So does the relay satellite we’ll be leaving in a wide orbit of Slate!”
As the sun sets, Mitster climbs into the lander, detaches from Aurora 23, and moves closer to Horizon’s docking bay!
“This is going to be almost entirely by instruments… it’s dark in space!”
Thankfully, Mitster is able to dock with Horizon… just as the sun comes up!
Shortly after that, Mission Control remotely pilots the Relay Satellite over to the nose of Horizon!
“OK —- powering up the basic systems… things seem good over here! I think you guys can come over to Horizon now!”
First, Mitster EVA’s over…
“Oh wow! Horizon is looking good! I can’t wait to wake up and be in orbit of Sarnus!”
Chrisnic does a full survey of Horizon to make sure every single component of the mission is ship-shape!
“OK – Horizon is OK to go! Powering up reactor…. Radiator systems are functioning… Main Engine is showing full power available! We’re good Mitster…. light that candle!”
With that, Horizon’s massive engine fires, in a burn that lasts for several minutes, propelling the crew to Sarnus in just three years!
“Hold on tight everyone… once the burn is done, we’ll head to the cryo-section for a little space nap… and before you know it, we’ll be at Sarnus!”