4) One small waddle for a Kerbal…

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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!!!

Probably not the prettiest ship I could have built but it does the job
Probably not the prettiest ship I could have built but it does the job

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.

Jeb plumped for a nice, flat looking crater to land in
Jeb plumped for a nice, flat looking crater to land in
And brings the lander to the surface with all its bits intact!
And brings the lander to the surface with all its bits intact!

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.

Jeb was only too happy to oblige
Jeb was only too happy to oblige

Eager to set off on his next mission, Jebediah set off for home.

Unfortunately the landing site was on the far side of the Mun so Jeb wasn't able to take a classic 'blue marble' pic from the surface but he figured this would do.
Unfortunately the landing site was on the far side of the Mun so Jeb wasn’t able to take a classic ‘blue marble’ pic from the surface but he figured this would do.

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.

The slightly smaller rocket, complete with what in retrospect are unnecessarily huge boosters.
The slightly smaller rocket, complete with what in retrospect are unnecessarily huge boosters.
Intercepting Minimus with its wide orbit was achieved by a complex, dangerous and frankly accidental gravity assist from the Mun.
Intercepting Minimus with its wide orbit was achieved by a complex, dangerous and frankly accidental gravity assist from the Mun.
Jeb manages to touch down on the icy worldlet.
Jeb manages to touch down on the icy worldlet.
And finds out he can jump really frikkin high!
And finds out he can jump really frikkin high!
Jeb managed to land on the near side to Kerbin this time but due to the distance it still wasn't quite the blue marble pic he wanted to show his mum. Still, he managed to get Kerbin, Kerbol (the sun) and the Mun all in one shot.
Jeb managed to land on the near side to Kerbin this time but due to the distance it still wasn’t quite the blue marble pic he wanted to show his mum. Still, he managed to get Kerbin, Kerbol (the sun) and the Mun all in one shot.

With the space near Kerbin explored, the scientists at home have to decide where to take their spacely know-how next…

 

 

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