3) Fly me to the Moon(s)

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Having “mastered” low kerbin orbital flight, Jebediah Kerman, the valorous explorer, decided he wanted to visit the moons of Kerbin. Kerbin has two of them, Mun (an analogue of Earth’s moon) and Minimus (A captured comet on a much higher orbit).

Wanting to show off, Jeb decided to visit both moons in one flight, crammed full of science goo of course. So he sets off in his new rocket, hoping to get a good look at both before returning home.

Flight 5 – Mun and Minimus flyby

The Mun is firmly in Jeb's sights
The Mun is firmly in Jeb’s sights
Jeb managed to get pretty close to the Mun and much fun and science was had by all.
Jeb managed to get pretty close to the Mun and much fun and science was had by all.

After his fly-by over the Mun, gravity swung Jeb in a wide arc, actually shoving him out of Kerbins sphere of influence! A quick burn of the rocket shoved him back in the right direction. Next stop, Minimus!

Doesn't look like much from up here.
Doesn’t look like much from up here.

Minimus turned out to have a very small gravity well, I had to get pretty close to fall into its sphere of influence.

Once Jeb had taking his pictures and performed his science, he used the rest of his fuel to return to Kerbin for a textbook landing…

Almost.

Sideways landing

 

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