screenshot434.pngAurora 3 whips around Minmus, and starts to head back to Kerbin.  Communications with Mission Control are briefly interrupted as Kerbin is eclipsed by Minmus!

“Well that was fun!  Hold on everyone! Just uh, 13 days.  Until we reach our next orbital manuever. Then… uh. A few more. ”
-Edan

The return trip is a rather long 28 days.  Hold on guys!

Year 2, Day 205

While construction continues on the massive new Station Core for the Kerbin Space Station, KSEA decides to launch a few training missions to practice for the upcoming trip to Mun and Minmus!

While KSEA has a lot of eager astronauts, the technology to perform a landing isn’t quite there yet.  While researchers… research, the crews will practice!screenshot422.png

Aurora 3 blasts off – carrying an entirely rookie crew – Edan, Robart, and Chrisnic! The mission profile is simple – launch into orbit, transit to Minmus, and return safely to Kerbin.

After orbit is achieved, the three all get their “space legs” and go for an EVA.  Everything’s going well… so Edan pilots the craft into an intercept with Minmus – good work Edan!

“Settle in everybody… this is a pretty long trip!”
-Edan

Meanwhile at KSC, construction is almost complete on 2 more Aurora Crew Vehicles.  One will always be on reserve for rescue capabilities, the other will be launched as the next Aurora mission!   The KSS Service Pod is almost ready to go as well!