With the disappointing missed time window of Explorer 8, the Astronauts sat around Mission Control scratching their heads trying to figure out a way to get a crew back to the red planet without waiting a whole year for the next launch window!
“What if we… you know… just go REALLY fast!” -Jeb
“That’d never work – the Explorer spacecraft doesn’t have that kind of fuel supply!” -Mirphe
“No… but one of the DSVs should! Can we take one!?” -Tamre
After some debate (and a mission simulation or three) Gene gives the green light! Tamre will be the scientist, Seely the mission Engineer, and Mirphe will command the mission!
“We barely had time to get these Mission Patches sewn! Get on a Crew Vehicle asap and get up to Spacedock!” -Gene
Aurora 24 blasts off, heading for Mun! While some say that the Mun missions have become routine, the Kerbals who fly them know that space travel is never routine! In fact, even the simplest mission is quite dangerous and even deadly!
“Where’s the landing site this time? ” -Mirphe
“The northeast basin! We’ve never been there before!” -Luly
Mirphe and Luly transfer over to the lander…
… and head down to Mun’s surface!
“We’re almost there…. contact!” -Mirphe
“OK… deploy the rover!” -Luly
The rover detaches, and the RCS deployer lifts it up… and then gently sets it down next to the lander!
Next, Mirphe and Luly head out to explore!
Luly plants the flag at the Northern Basin, then salutes while the cameras on the lander take their portrait!
“For all Kerbalkind!” -Luly
Luly deploys the scientific instrumentation, while Mirphe supervises!
“Mmmhmmm. Looking very scientific – carry on!” -Mirphe
Next, the RCS deployer detaches from the lander, and expends all it’s fuel to fly up and away from the landing site! The seismic sensor will get interesting results from the impact!
“I feel a little bad littering on Mun! But I guess it IS for science!” -Luly
Luly and Mirphe explore the surface in the rover!
After scouting out the landing site, the two return to the lander to rest! Mun missions have been getting longer and longer, training the crew for the rigors of landings on very distant worlds!