Year 10, Day 90 (Pathfinder 4 and Pathfinder 5 Update!)

KSEA LogoKSEA regrets to inform the public that Pathfinder 4 and Pathfinder 5 have both overshot their targets, failing to achieve orbit.  It would seem speed is the problem, as those probes were simply traveling too fast to be slowed down by single NERV engine – the future of the Pathfinder program however remains in doubt.

Of even greater concern is Explorer 5, already en route to Duna, built on the Pathfinder frame!  Scientists think that Explorer’s much lower transfer speed will allow the craft to slow down in time – but time will tell.