Edan and Glenica return from Minmus aboard Aurora 17, bringing a close to another successful mission in the Aurora Program!
It’s time for Glenica to return home to Kerbin! Edan will pilot Aurora 17 on its return to… meanwhile Samner and Shepely will remain on the Space Station. Before leaving, Glenica installs a backup new solar array to the station, as well as some new battery packs!
Aurora 16 arrives at Minmus, and Edan pilots the spacecraft to dock with Harmony Space Station! Glenica has been waiting for a crew for sometime now!
Aurora 17 docks! Edan and Shepley quickly transfer over to the lander, eager to get their turn down on Minmus!
Mission Planners have decided the next area for exploration will be a region in the lowlands of Minmus designated HSS LS04-A, where orbital scanners have detected an unusual anomaly.
The lander sets down – and already Edan spots the anomaly.
“That looks like one of those Monoliths! Strange though, I’d swear it was green, not black like the others!”
Edan is right – the monolith appears to be the same dimensions as the others found, however it has a slight green hue to it. How unusual! Shepley performs all the scientific experiments he can, gets a surface sample, then the explorers return to the Research Lander!
Edan pilots the lander into orbit…
Then docks with Harmony Space Station! The crew will stay for a short time before heading back to Kerbin.
Samner, Edan, and Shepley launch on board Aurora 17! Edan is particularly excited, as this will be his first landing! This is the first launch of the overhauled Aurora Mission, utilizing a longer term habitation module, similar to that on the upcoming Explorer 2mission! The purpose is to make space flight more comfortable, and to give crews experience on maneuvers and working environments similar to those in future planned deep space missions.
Enterprise launches! Edan will pilot the Heavy Cargo Shuttle to orbit and rendezvous with the Kerbin Space Station, and Dunwin will supervise the initial installation of the solar power unit, and then perform EVAs to complete installation from Enterprise’s cargo bay!
“Orbital Assist Vehicle is away… heading to the station!”
Dunwin reviews the mission parameters as Enterprise rockets towards the KSS!
Enterprise arrives at the KSS and the module detaches!
Installation proves very difficult, with Chrisnic leaving the station to assist Dunwin!
“This is just impossible! There’s no way to get a grip on anything!”
Chrisnic and Dunwin return to the KSS, taking the extra parts from Enterprise, while Edan tries a “first”… docking Enterprise itself to the Kerbin Space Station!
“Almos there… almost there…”
Wow – everyone is very suprised that the docking actually worked. The KSS was never designed to dock such a large craft, but Edan showed that it was possible!
“Now let’s all hang tight and wait for Intrepid!”
KSEA decides to send up Intrepid to deliver some parts to allow the installation of footholds and other gripping surfaces for the station!
Aurora 16 splashes down, in the sea west of the Space Center! Kimmy, Edan, and Dunwin are all rescued – and the vast trove of data gathered on both Harmony and Unity Space Stations is collected!
Aurora 16 arrives at Minmus – just in time too! Food was starting to get a bit low… Edan and Dunwin were getting hungry!
Aurora 16 arrives at Harmony Space Station! Kimmy transfers over, and gets comfy for the ride back to Kerbin!
“You know… I’ve actually never been down to Minmus before! ”
Indeed! Mission Planners quickly assemble a mission, HSSLS03.. an odd formation shaped like an arc, with lowland, slope, and midland biomes all within reach. Should be a good first landing for Dunwin!
“OK – here we GOooooo!”
Kimmy and Dunwin head down to HSSLS03-A!
A great landing!
Dunwin is very excited, and immedeatly jumps out… then jumps UP!
Oh wow! I think I can see Harmony Space Station from up here!
Kimmy leaves the lander, and starts taking some readings.
After a little time, everyone is back in the lander, heading up to the Station!
The Research Lander arrives back at Harmony Space Station. Dunwin heads over to Aurora 16, and Kimmy gathers up all the scientific data on Harmony Space Station, and takes it over to Aurora 16.
I don’t think I could pack any more research materials and surface samples into this Command Pod! There’s over 44 individual pieces of science on this vessel!”
This crew transfer will leave the crew of Harmony Space Station without a scientist (or a way home, in fact) so Aurora 17 will likely be in utilized to rotate crews on Unity Space Station! Unfortunately, Gilian will be alone on the station for about a week.
“It’s OK guys… I brought lots of schematics to read! Good luck on Duna! Take lots of pictures!!”
It’s just a short 8 Day trip back to Kerbin!