Explorer 4 fires its engines and starts the journey home! Much like the journey to Dres, it will be a year long journey back!
Val and Orlas take the Explorer 4 Lander and do a short jump across the surface of Dres!
The lander travels in an arc across the surface….
Touching down at the Midlands, where Orlas and Val hop out!
That’s probably it for landings, we don’t want to stretch the fuel reserve out too much!
That’s a shame, it may look a lot like Mun but scientifically it’s quite distinct!
If you say so Orlas… the crew readies themselves to return to orbit in a matter of days!
Dunwin, Mitster, and Kimmy work on refueling the Duna Research Lander for what will be the last landing before returning to Kerbin! This time, a crater east of the second Explorer 2 landing has been chosen. Explorer 2’s last landing will be done by Mitster and Dunwin.
“Wow, you can see the crater’s outline as we come down!”
Mitster and Dunwin set down in the Crater, and prepare to head out of the lander.
The guys smile for the camera, then get to work gathering important Science!
Mission planners have picked a site for the next Explorer 2 landing, the center of the Northern Basin! Orbital scanners have also detected an odd anomaly at this site.
The landing is scheduled to take place in a few weeks – in the meantime Kimmy and Mitster rest up for the mission!
The next Explorer mission is green-lit, Explorer 4! This will be the first exploration craft to Dres, and will also be testing the Explorer Crew Vehicle, the successor to the Duna Crew Vehicle, with greater range and more advanced life support systems.
Explorer 4’s mission will be to reach and orbit Dres, land on the surface, return to the Crew Vehicle, then return to Kerbin! For fuel purposes the lander will remain in orbit of Dres.
Val has been chosen as Mission Commander, Orlas will be the Engineering Specialist, and Robart will be the Mission Science Specialist!
Another awesome patch is commissioned for the crew:
Mitster and Kimmy head down in the upgraded lander that was painstakingly upgraded by Dunwin using extra parts from Duna Spaceport!
You should be set to go! I’ll monitor things from up here!
KSEA has chosen the Midlands Sea as the next landing site!
The lander retracts its antenna and solar arrays for the entry into Duna’s atmosphere.
The lander touches down, and the solar arrays are deployed!
Kimmy climbs out of the lander, then Mitster – who pose for the traditional flag portrait! Kimmy and Mitster are the first Kerbals to ever set foot on the Midlands Sea!