Year 7, Day 401 (Explorer 4 Heads Home!)

screenshot264.pngExplorer 4 fires its engines and starts the journey home!  Much like the journey to Dres, it will be a year long journey back!

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Year 7, Day 394 (Explorer 4 Crew Jumps to Midlands!)

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Val and Orlas take the Explorer 4 Lander and do a short jump across the surface of Dres!

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The lander travels in an arc across the surface….

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Touching down at the Midlands, where Orlas and Val hop out!

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That’s probably it for landings, we don’t want to stretch the fuel reserve out too much!

-Val

 

That’s a shame, it may look a lot like Mun but scientifically it’s quite distinct!

-Orlas

If you say so Orlas… the crew readies themselves to return to orbit in a matter of days!

Year 7, Day 26 (Explorer 2 Landing At Duna’s Craters!)

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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.

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“Wow, you can see the crater’s outline as we come down!”

-Mitster

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Mitster and Dunwin set down in the Crater, and prepare to head out of the lander.

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The guys smile for the camera, then get to work gathering important Science!

Year 6, Day 329 (Explorer 4 Mission Announced, Crew Selected!)

Explorer 4.pngThe 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:

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Year 6, Day 297 (Second Explorer 2 Mission!)

screenshot111.pngMitster 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!

-Dunwin

LandingMapDuna.pngKSEA has chosen the Midlands Sea as the next landing site!

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The lander touches down, and the solar arrays are deployed!

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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!