Everyone agreed that looking at moons was fascinating. However, some bright spark pointed out that they could do the same thing from the safety of a ground telescope without wasting all that fuel. Plus, many Kerbals were eager to learn whether the green-tinged Minimus was really made from frozen slurm – the drink of choice on Kerbin.
So it was, once again, up to Jebediah the Green to venture where no kerbal has gone before and bring back samples.
Flight 6 – Mun landing
Jeb took his time climbing up his new, much larger, rocket ship. This was no mean feat as Kerbals had not yet developed the technical wizardry necessary for ladders in space.
But eventually… Blast Off!!!
Getting to the Mun was quite straightforward now that Jeb had done it once before. Just a slight course adjustment to bring him into an orbit and then down to the surface rather than just performing a fly-by. The main difference was that he now needed a lander capable of a soft touch down and carrying enough fuel to take him back to Kerbal safely.
A proud moment for Kerbalkind! Jeb took the time to play around and generally make an arse of himself. At this point, the scientists at home decided to see exactly how high someone could jump on each body in the Kerbol system. You know, for science.
Eager to set off on his next mission, Jebediah set off for home.
Next up, Minimus!
Flight 7 – Minimus landing
Due to budget concerns (not actually a part of KSP yet but they will be in the future) and the fact that Minimus has much less gravity than Mun, it was decided that a smaller rocket would be used for this mission. Brave Jebediah Kerman was not at all concerned about the greatly increased risk of being stranded in space due to an imaginary economic squeeze.
With the space near Kerbin explored, the scientists at home have to decide where to take their spacely know-how next…