After the Kerbals sent a set of probes to Jool, they couldn’t wait to get a closer look at Laythe. With it’s blue oceans and abundant Kerbal-babes it seemed an ideal location to send the intrepid Jeb, greenest of all Kerbals. So it was that he was strapped to yet another tubular wad of explosives and sent back into space.
(For once, nothing went wrong in this mission. It’s relatively straightforward and so this entry is mainly picture based.)
Flight 15: Laythe landing
Laythe has it’s own atmosphere and a decent gravity well. It therefore required a reasonably large lander to get Jeb back home safely. The weight of the lander combined with the distance to the Jool system meant that a large ship was needed to get the job done. This is that ship:
It consists of SLS parts to reach orbit, a rockomax-sized interplanetary stage and finally the lander itself.
A burn was set for Jool and the lander arrived without a hitch.
Luckily, I wasn’t aiming for a slingshot from Jool, I just wanted to stop in it’s neighbourhood. So, once inside Jool’s SOI, I burned again, aiming to pass it at 110km above the ‘surface’. This is inside the atmosphere, allowing my ship to bleed off it’s huge interplanetary speeds and establish an orbit around Jool.
Another quick burn and another aerobrake put Jeb in orbit around Laythe.
The lander was detached and Jeb aimed for one of the small continents dotted around Laythe’s huge oceans.
Jeb puts her down on one of the many sandy hills covering this continent.
From his angle, Jeb reckons he’s pretty close to the water. Since the eggheads back home say there’s at least a 62% chance that Laythe’s oceans are safe. So, he decides to pop down for a paddle.
Jeb was a bit disappointed that no green babes were spotted on this trip but to be honest he had always suspected those images were photoshopped. Probably boffin propoganda to get more Kerbals into space exploration, as it they need a reason!
So now Jeb has travelled to Laythe. He doesn’t know where he will go next but he’s damn sure it won’t be anywhere as blue as Jool’s marble.