Year 10, Day 220 (Explorer 3 Returns Home From Duna!)

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Explorer 3’s Aurora Command Pod detaches from the rest of the spacecraft, and begins its reentry into Kerbin’s atmosphere!

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After the radio blackout from reentry, the chute deploys!

“We came in a little fast, but within the spacecraft’s tolerances… everything’s fine!”

-Edan

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The crew touches down in the highlands, and quickly hop out to enjoy fresh air again!

“Feels good to be back on solid ground, but standing up in this gravity is hard!”

-Sean

Rescue teams are already en route to rescue the crew (and all the precious scientific data they brought back from Duna!

“I can’t wait to inspect those samples in the lab!”

-Glenica

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Year 9, Day 290 (Explorer 3 Leaves Duna Spaceport!)

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Edan, Glenica, and Sean gather their scientific findings and transfer to Explorer 3 – it’s time to head home!

We have a little extra fuel so we’re going to try a quicker return home!

-Edan

The next spacecraft scheduled to visit Duna is the automated Refueling Vehicle, which will provide the vital fuel needed for Explorer 5, the next crewed mission to Duna!

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The return to Kerbin should take exactly one year!

Year 9, Day 19 (Explorer 3 Blasts Off From Duna’s Midland Canyon!)

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Sean, Edan, and Glenica pack up their findings and prepare to launch back into orbit!

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“Ok, we’re off!”

-Edan

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The lander reaches orbit…

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…and Edan pilots a rendezvous with Duna Spaceport!

“Fuel budget is very tight this mission… I’m going to have to fly very, very accurately!”

-Edan

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Almost there!

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Explorer 3 docks with Duna Spaceport!

 

Year 9, Day 16 (Explorer 3 Landing At Duna’s Midland Canyon)

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KSEA announces the next Explorer 3 Landing Site – this time at Duna’s Midland Canyon!

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“OK – let’s do this!”

-Edan

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The Super Duna Lander detaches and heads down to the surface!

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The parachute deploys!

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“We’ve touched down at the Western Canyon!”

-Edan

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“Wow – it’s beautiful here! ”

-Glenica

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Sean and Edan jump out and take in the amazing vista!

 

Sean sets up the automated camera unit, and the crew pose for the traditional “landing portrait!”

“OK – let’s start collecting some science everybody!”

-Glenica

Year 8, Day 363 (Explorer 3 Returns to Duna Spaceport!)

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The lander retracts its solar panels and the crew prepares to return to the Duna Spaceport after a successful mission exploring the Western Canyon!

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Launch is a go!  So far so good… hold on everyone!

-Edan

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Edan pilots the lander into orbit…

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and rendezvouses with Duna Spaceport!

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Almost got it… waiting for the docking clamp to lock!

-Edan

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Success!  The Explorer 3 crew returns form their second mission to the surface of Duna!

Year 8, Day 361 (Explorer 3 Crew Explore Duna’s Western Canyon)

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Since she didn’t get a chance to go on the first Explorer 3 landing, Glenica gets to climb out first!

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Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

-Glenica

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After everyone has some fun jumping around in the low(er) gravity of Duna, Glenica picks a good spot for the flag.

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“This looks like a good spot… here we go!”

-Glenica

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The crew poses for their landing portrait!

Great picture everyone, that’s the best one yet!

-Gene, KSEA Mission Control

The crew will rest before their next EVA, then return to Duna Spaceport for the next mission!

 

 

 

Year 8, Day 360 (Explorer 3 Sets Down at Duna’s Western Canyons!)

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After the Explorer 3 crew have had enough rest, KSEA gives the green light for the next mission!

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The AAL detaches from Duna Spaceport!

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Edan starts the descent through the atmosphere – the target landing site is the Western Canyons… no Kerbal has ever been there!

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Hold on everyone!  We’ll be entering the atmosphere fast and hot!

-Edan

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Once things cool down, the aero-brakes deploy…

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…then the landing parachute!  The abrupt slow-down causes Sean and Glenica to black out, but only briefly!

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“We’re down!  Great job everybody… we made it!”

-Edan