Year 7, Day 27 (Explorer 2 Crew returns from Duna Crater landing!)


Mitster and Dunwin blast off – heading back to Duna Spaceport!


“This many missions has left us all exhausted!  It’ll be good to get back to Kerbin!”


Indeed, Explorer 2 has set the record for the most consecutive landings done by one crew!  It’s hoped that the next crew will be able to exceed that, however, using the new “Super Duna Lander”!


“Hmmm… I’m having some trouble connecting the lander with with the docking port!”


“Try spinning!  That’s a good trick!”


“That did it!  We’re docked!  Nice thinking Dunwin!”



The lander docks successfully with Duna Spaceport, and the Explorer 2 team reviews all of the science data they’ve collected over 4 separate landings on the red world of Duna! Their only mission now is to prepare for the return home!


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


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!

Year 7, Day 18 (Mitster and Kimmy Return to Duna Spaceport!)


After fully cataloging the findings at the Great Face on Duna, Mitster and Kimmy blast off, returning to the Duna Spaceport!


“Wow, that face is huge! You can see it all the way from here!”



The explorers dock at the Spaceport and rest after a long mission!

“That mission really pushed our fuel reserves – we barely had enough to rendezvous with the station! Some brainy Kerbals back at KSC should probably get to work on a second generation lander… a Super Duna Lander!”


Year 7, Day 1 (Explorer 2 Landing at the Northern Basin!)

The new year is going to start with a new Duna landing at the Northern Basin!


Mitster and Kimmy undock from Duna Spaceport in the station lander.


“Pretty – look Mitster, it’s an “Ike-rise!””



“The descent angle appears to have been pretty close to the mark! Next time we should try overshooting a little further, the atmosphere here has more drag than you might expect!”



The lander’s parachute deploys, gliding the lander down nice and slow.


“Firing thrusters… nice and easy now… ”



Success! The lander touches down at the Northern Basin! Kimmy and Mitster take a little time to prepare for the exploration outside the lander!


Kimmy hops out, and plants the Kerbal States flag in the red sands of Duna!

“Another step forward for Kerbalkind!”


After initial scientific readings are gained, Kimmy and Mitster head off to the north to investigate the odd anomalous reading picked up by the Duna Surveyor!


It looks like a strange rock formation!


“It… it almost has a familiar shape about it!”


screenshot214.pngAs the two gallant explorers get closer, they begin to realize that the strange rock formation… Looks eerily familiar!



“I’m going to use my EVA pack to get up there and see what it looks like from above!”



It’s impossible!


A rock formation that resembles a Kerbal head!


“I find it highly unlikely this is a naturally occurring object!  Let’s take careful readings and report back to KSC immediately!


Kimmy and Mitster head back to the lander as quickly as they can!  But the 2km walk feels like a lifetime!

Year 6, Day 299 (Explorer 2 Crew Blasts Off From Midlands Sea!)


After a few days on the surface at the Midlands Sea, Kimmy and Mitster head back to orbit and dock with Duna Spaceport!

“The new lander modifications seem to have fixed all the problems we were having – nicely done Dunwin!”



The next Explorer 2 landing won’t be for another week, to give the crew time to analyze the data from their landings and most importantly to rest up for the next!

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!


LandingMapDuna.pngKSEA 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. screenshot118.png
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!