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!

 

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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

Year 8, Day 276 (Explorer 3 Lands on Duna!)

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With the landing site selected the Explorer 3 crew is ready for their first mission down to Duna!

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Edan detaches the Super Duna Lander from the Spaceport!

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Air brakes deployed… we’re on track for a good landing!

-Edan

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The lander’s parachute deploys!

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The Super Duna Lander touches down on Duna, and Edan climbs out…

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Followed by Sean!  After the landing portrait, they start work on gathering samples and determining where to go next!