Horizon 9 is prepared to launch! This time, Val in command! “It sure is dark in here with this fairing! Guess I’ll be steering by instruments only!”Blast off!
Horizon 9 circularizes to a neat 90km orbit. Mission Control notices something… with several days of energy reserves, and over 900d/v of fuel remaining… it’s possible that Horizon 9 could risk a Mun-shot!
“Is everyone really, really sure about this?” Val asks. Mission control responds that no – but it does seem highly likely. It’s a risk.
“I didn’t go to space to play it safe! Let’s do it!” Val responds. Very well! The Mun-Shot calculations are done… the science bays on Horizon 9 are saved for Munar research!
The burn to Mun will be FAST, carrying Val there in roughly 1 day. Then using Mun’s gravity to slingshot around it back to Kerbin, in a very fast re-entry to Kerbin. This will certainly put the new heat shield to a test!
The Munar approach will be fairly close.. flying 50k over its surface!
“Wow! Look at that!”
As Horizon 9 flies past the dark side of Mun, Val gets out to get a good look. “It looks so bumpy down there!”
With just 2 hours of electricity remaining, Horizon 9 heads into Kerbin’s atmosphere! “That new heat shield is performing perfectly… I was barely even crispy!” Val reports. Moving at nearly 3300 m/s, Val is officially the fastest moving Kerbal in history!
Ker-splash! A successful landing on Kerbin! Rescue teams go and pick up Val – great work everybody! A very unexpected historic flight… but wow, what a day!