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  1. Got one big step closer to my planned Voyager-style Grand Tour of the gas giants (Jool+OPM) today, as I successfully completed a Jool and Neidon flyby (And also a nice flyby of it's moon Thatmo) with a single probe. The comms issue also has been resolved with that OPM addition, even though the signal still is at merely 2% at Neidon (Better than 2% at Sarnus though). Seeing that I am getting familiar with the flyby mechanics and planetary alignments, I'm pretty pleased with this so far. Some stats: Jool: Periapsis: 2,182,911 m ; MET: T+ 1y, 52d, 02:07:27 Neidon: Periapsis: 16,509,917 m ; MET: T+ 6y, 347d, 04:38:19 Thatmo (Moon of Neidon): Periapsis: 500,315 m ; MET: T+ 6y, 347d, 05:36:16
  2. For my very first time, I've actually managed to send robotic orbiters to Jool and Sarnus (OPM mod) and also perform flybys of some of their moons. Too bad I didn't know at that time how to improve my signal strength (I have a relay near Dres, but even that one was barely enough for Sarnus), preventing me from sending two more to Urlum and Neidon but hey, maybe in the future (Fuel is another issue, so yea)
  3. That's because Neptune IRL has fewer moons compared to the other gas giants
  4. Just building a small station to test artificial gravity systems near Kerbin. (That engined craft is just a crew module that carries kerbals to the station)
  5. The glory of Duna, Ike and Kerbol, all in a single picture.
  6. Second update for today: Got orbiters to Duna and Eve, it seems like that I may be able to eventually conquer the planets with my probes after all... And I still remember the times when for me, getting to Minmus seemed like an impossible feat... Duna orbiter: Here comes Mar....I mean Duna. Eve orbiter:
  7. Sent and landed my first Minmus probe lander, built using spare parts bought at Walmart the Kerbal's finest technology, today. Now that I have orbiters and landers in all of the Kerbin system, it's time to explore other planets in my probe program save. (Basically this is where I do probe missions)
  8. Today, I launched the Very Large And Effective Listening Device (Actual name) into Kerbin orbit, as requested by the Kossad secret service. (Dont tell the Koviet KGB though!!) Size does matter after all, these darn Koviets ain't gonna beat that... Nice to hear from you Koviets again!
  9. Here are the mission picture galleries, neatly sorted by mission. Apollo 7 gallery Apollo 8 gallery Apollo 9 gallery Apollo 10 gallery Apollo 11 gallery Apollo 12 gallery Apollo 13 gallery Apollo 14 gallery Apollo 15 gallery Apollo 16 gallery Apollo 17 gallery Apollo 18 gallery Skylab 1 gallery Skylab 2 gallery Skylab 3 gallery Skylab 4 gallery Skylab 5 gallery ASTP gallery Skylab-Deorbit gallery Apollo 19 gallery Apollo 20 gallery Apollo 21 gallery
  10. THE END OF AN ERA After the successful conclusion of the Apollo 21 mission, the Apollo era has come to an end. This era will be known as the greatest era of kerbal space exploration to have ever happened, at least until one day, we advance further into space and visit other planets. Neither the tragic cabin fire incident on Apollo 1, nor the problems plaguing Apollo 13 could stop us in our quest for knowledge and exploration. We'd like to thank everyone who contributed to this great project, from the astronauts to the simple logistics workers, on making this possible. (OOC: I will be uploading some more pictures of all the missions sometime soon, as not all were included in their respective mission reports) - Wernher von Kerman, Space program director
  11. Apollo 21 (No description available) No patch available Apollo 21 was the final flight of the Saturn IB and the Apollo spacecraft. It also was the first time a woman from the United States of Kerbin flew into space. The mission marked the end of the Apollo program. Basic info: Launch vehicle: Saturn IB Type: LKO mission Crew: Eilry Kerman (F)(Commander/CSM Pilot, first spaceflight), Sigble Kerman (Flight Engineer, first spaceflight), Fredberry Kerman (Scientist, first spaceflight) Launch date: February 8, 1977 Duration: 7.79 days Landing date: February 16, 1977 Pictures: Launch of Apollo 21. The CSM in Kerbin orbit, with the Mun in the background. Eilry Kerman inside of the CM. The CM after deployment of the main parachutes. Splashdown.
  12. Apollo 20 (No description available) No patch available Apollo 20 was the final flight of the Saturn V and also it's only flight into a polar Kerbin orbit. It carried a solar observatory with a modified LM ascent stage serving as a pressurized crew compartment. This solar observatory was more advanced than the one carried on Skylab years earlier. Basic info: Launch vehicle: Saturn V Type: High Polar Kerbin orbit mission Crew: Jebediah Kerman (Commander/CSM Pilot, second spaceflight), Sidnand Kerman (Flight Engineer, first spaceflight), Gilely Kerman (Scientist, first spaceflight) Launch date: September 18, 1976 Duration: 11.43 days Landing date: September 29, 1976 Pictures: Launch of Apollo 20 at morning. First stage separation. The S-IVB, performing a circularization burn in high Kerbin orbit, at an distance of around 4,200,000 m. The CSM docked to the modified LM telescope module. Jebediah Kerman, the first Kerbal to walk on the Mun, on a spacewalk. The Command Module, after separation of the Service Module. Splashdown.
  13. Apollo 19 (No description available) No patch available Apollo 19 was the first flight of a Apollo spacecraft into a polar Kerbin orbit. It's primary mission was to observe weather patterns all around Kerbin, using a special science module to archieve this. Basic info: Launch vehicle: Saturn IB Type: Polar Kerbin orbit mission Crew: Rocan Kerman (Commander/CSM Pilot, second spaceflight), Calford Kerman (Flight Engineer, first spaceflight), Billy-Bobmore Kerman (Scientist) Launch date: April 2, 1976 Duration: 16.58 days Landing date: April 19, 1976 Pictures: Launch of Apollo 19. The CSM and the scientific module, in polar orbit. Undocking above the South Pole of Kerbin.
  14. ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING THE APOLLO PROGRAM After the deorbit of Skylab, we are happy to announce that thanks to slight budget increases for NASA, we are able to fly several additional missions using the Apollo spacecraft, to make the time gap between the retirement of Apollo and the introduction of the Space Shuttle somewhat shorter. Another major factor playing into this decision is the fact that we still possess two complete Saturn V's, two surplus Saturn IB's as well as several CSM's. Since we paid good money for these things, we might just as well put them to use before ending this program. Here is the mission plan for this final phase, mostly incorporating ideas from the cancelled Apollo Applications Program (These missions will use the ordinary Apollo numbering system): - A manned Kerbin observation mission, launching a three-man crew into a polar orbit on a Saturn IB, making it the first time that an Apollo spacecraft would fly into a polar orbit. (Based on the Apollo Manned Survey Mission concept of the AAP) - A second Apollo Telescope Mission on a Saturn V (The first being Skylab), this time into a high polar orbit and with a pressurized LM-based version of the solar observatory. - A final LKO mission, similarly to Apollo 7, with the exception that it will carry a female kerbonaut for the very first time in USK history. - Wernher von Kerman, Space program director