Mission Planners determine that the first landing site for the Harmony Science team will be at the Greater Flats, at a site designated HSS LS01. Due to the very low gravity of Minmus, there are several additional biomes the team will check out, marked A through D. (Officially they are catalogued as HSS-LS01-A, etc.
This will be the first mission that makes use of the new telemetry data gathered by the Minmus Surveyor probe, that has been carefully mapping the surface of Minmus for future exploration!
Samner and Robart board the Automated Lander, and head down!
The lander sets the crew down perfectly at HSSLS01-A, the Greater Flats. This is the first time a mission has been conducted entirely by a science team – some of the pilots look a bit nervous about this!
Next, on to HSSLS01-B, a hill on the Lowlands of Minmus!
“This is a pretty precarious landing site! I don’t think we should plant a flag… just in case! We’ll gather all the science data though!”
Thankfully, the lander sets down nicely… while the team conducts SCIENCE! The mission needs to stay on a timetable… communications with Kerbin are necessary, due to the remote systems on the lander!
Next, on to HSSLS01-C – the Midlands! This landing goes much better… however not much science is gathered. Hopefully site “D” will have better luck! This time, a more precise landing along the Slopes of Minmus will provide some interesting data. Probably another tricky landing though!
Unfortunately, the last landing site doesn’t yield much more data. However, interesting research was conducted on the Great Flats, the Lowlands, the Slopes, the Midlands, some of it already known, but nonetheless valuable to Kerbin!
As the lander reaches orbit in the first leg of its rendevouse with Harmony Space Station, the crew gets a good look at the region they were just exploring.
“Wow – will you look at that!”
The lander docks with Harmony Space Station! However, a small problem has become clear… the station is not equipped to handle refueling of the RCS thrusters that make docking possible! A mission will have to be done soon to resupply the station… and Unity Space Station’s design has already been changed, swapping out two Life Support bays for RCS fuel. This will reduce the amount of time crews can inhabit the station, however it is doubtful a crew would be left without supplies for over a year!