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  1. To celebrate the 49th aniversary of the launch of a certain other species, first trip to their moon, the KSC decided to launch a mission of their own. This began with 4 brave adventurers hurtling skyward this morning, towards a rendevous with the Mun in 3 days... or is it hours.... er, sometime in the future. However only 3 will venture to the surface as Bill is getting a little tired of the trips up their and decided to sit this one out in orbit. Due to a lack of proper timekeeping (it's a bit thing amongst kerbals) the mission was launched 2 days late, so is not quite in sync with the other species' flight. Day 1 - Launch Here are the broadcast highlights from todays launch and transmunar injection. The communication engineers at the KSC promise that further transmission will be of higher quality, once they remove the crows nesting in the main dish. Day 2 - Mid Way Out TV coverage of the mission as the crew reach the midway point on their way to the Mun. Coverage of the flight continues tomorrow, when the 49'er is scheduled to enter Mun orbit.
  2. To celebrate the 49th aniversary of the launch of a certain other species, first trip to their moon, the KSC decided to launch a mission of their own. This began with 4 brave adventurers hurtling skyward this morning, towards a rendevous with the Mun in 3 days... or is it hours.... er, sometime in the future. However only 3 will venture to the surface as Bill is getting a little tired of the trips up their and decided to sit this one out in orbit. Here are the broadcast highlights from todays launch and transmunar injection. The communication engineers at the KSC promise that further transmission will be of higher quality, once they remove the crows nesting in the main dish.
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    KSP Fan-Art MkII

    The latest image from The Truth Can Now Be Told.
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    FOUND A UFO

    It's one of the "anomalies" that are scattered through the game. Kerbin has several (not just saucers) as some of the planets and moons.
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    What is the strangest bug you have found?

    Wierdest one I've had was when I went to the Runway Island for the first time. Roley Kerman was selected for this mission, that involved being rocketed over to the island and parachuting down in a rover/lander to take a look around. After taking in the sights of the abandoned tower and hangers, Roley headed back to the runway to await pickup, when all of a sudden... pooof! The screen went black, after whch his pod (and nothing else) appeared well beyond Mun orbit and heading at very high escape velocity away from Kerbin.
  6. On a previous anniversary I flew a mission from from the Inland Space Center to the Mun and back. Nothing unusual about that I hear you say. Well I launched the vehicle from the KSC, then air dropped it (seated on top of a mobile launcher) then drove it to the ISC pad and launched from there. Trickiest part was that I landed a few km from the ISC in the hills to the East and driving that thing over the bumps climbing down from there was a little hazardous.
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    Waterwysp * KSP 1.4.4 w/ MOIST! and KPBS

    Throw in a giant squid and you've got this.
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    The Truth Can Now Be Told - Under the Rug

    Another report was released this evening, detailing American astrounats' encounters with strange alien beings on the Mun, during the Apollo mission. The latest report was recieved by this reporter in an envelope marked "Do not open until April 1st 2019", slipped under the door of his office. In addition to a photograph showing one of these beings, the envelope contained a transcript of the debriefing of one of the astronauts. "We'd been at Station 2 for about 3 minutes, Dave was collecting samples around a boulder and I'd started on taking a 2nd pan at the site. I was a few shots into the pan and as I turned towards the rover, I could see one of those wierd critters. We'd come across them on EVA 1 and although they kind of freaked us out, they seemed essentially harmless, more curious than anything. I started to walk towards the, er... the creature, it had it's back to me, but I wanted to get a closer look and some more pictures. As I approached it started yanking on part of the Rear Payload Pallet, looked like it was trying to take a souvenir. Before I could get to it, to prevent any damage, it seemed to give up and bunny hop off to the North. While I checked on the rover to see if there was any damage, I lost sight of it. The only thing I could see wrong with the rover when I examined it, was that some of the Sample Collection Bags were missing. Dave was still busy collecting samples around the rock and didn't catch sight of the creature until it was heading away from us. He told me he'd found scuff marks and small boot prints in the regolith around the rock and some strange looking material underneath it. He bagged some of it and later the guys at the Lunar Samples Lab told us that it seemed to be some kind cookie dough. I guess that creature was trying to keep the place tidy and didn't have anything to put it in."
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    Show off your awesome KSP pictures!

    Made my first vertically launched SSTO. I've done harder things, but this is something that never occured to me before reading about other people's exploits with them. Probably should have equiped it with parachutes, so it could return to the surface.
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    Show off your awesome KSP pictures!

    Some pics of Val's one way trip to the Mun as an entry to the Weekly Challenge Impact the Mun. As I wasn't going to be in the running for the fastest time, I made an entry for what I like to call the "one brave volunteer" catagory. That volunteer being Val (Jeb wimped out). Lots of Vectors powering this thing straight up with a TWR of 5+ on each stage. Separating the many stages with many Vectors, to continue on powered by... more Vectors. This stage burning out could not come fast enough, as during the last few seconds it was wobbling heavily with large explosions from the engine area. Val powering on towards her impact... er... "landing" on the Mun Val leaves the "safety" of the command pod, for a front row seat. That Mun's getting bigger real fast now. Seconds away from impact, Val finally loses it completely. Manic laughter or sheer terror... I'll let you decide. Signal with the vehicle was lost on impact, in a time of 18m 28s from launch. Not a great time (several in the challenge faster than that, including a couple of mine), but my flight did manufacture some Mystery Goo as a byproduct
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    KSP Challenge: Impact the Mun!

    I've had one last crack at this, going to leave the real competition to those who are better at this than I am. This time however it's going to be in what I like to call the "brave volunteer" catagory. So for this I needed one brave volunteer. I asked Jeb and he said "errr... got a card game to go to" and vanished. So I ask Val, who was reluctant at first (I was being coy with the details of the flight), but I told her it would be just a short trip to the Mun (18m 28s to be precise) and it was for science after all. "For science" she said "sign me up". So for "science" we'll now see how quick you can make Munar Mystery Goo. Launch went well, as did ascent through the atmosphere, but there was a moment when it looked like the vehicle and it's pilot might be lost (prematurely), when it started to wobble at about 100km and then some engines exploded. But after that moment was survived things went smoothly. Once she was well on her way and realised that this little science experiment was a one way ticket, she climbed out of the Lander Can and sat herself in a command seat that just happened to be stuck to the top of it. That way she got a great view from this front row seat,. Thanks for being a great volunter Val, it's been nice knowing you.
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    Do you ever chuckle at your old missions or concepts?

    One of my early Eve return designs. It was far too tall and narrow based to make landings reliably and didn't have enough DV to make it back to orbit. But at least the detaching the long descent ladders prior to launch was kind of cool. Fortunately I flew it unmanned, so an Eve rescue mission wasn't called for.
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    How do YOU launch?

    Launch pad scene loads. Wiggle camera round to get a nice view of the craft. Zoom out a bit... no back in again. Hmmm... sun's low in the sky and it's over there, so spin camera round to other side of craft. Wiggle camera round a little more. Hide the GUI (wiggle camera round a bit more) and take a screenshot. More camera wiggling, to get a bit of the VAB area in view before taking another screenshot. Spin camera round so it's back in the default pointing North orientation. Unhide the GUI. T, Z, Space Go.
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    KSP Challenge: Impact the Mun!

    I thought I'd have a crack at this with larger sized parts to simplify the vehicle and hopefully get some extra oomph... that seemed like a fun party I wanted to join. So I assembled my new, better TWR vehicle and sent it into space. Well as far as it got before the first detached stage clattered into it... time for some tweaking. So I toiled away on my machine, adding more and more Sepratrons until the problem was licked, by spinning the detached stages away about their vertical axis. Yes that did the trick, only took about a hundred of the light blighters. Yes, there was a better solution, but that required ripping the thing apart and setting up the detachment properly... where would the fun be in that. So finally I had a ship I thought would be a huge leap over my previous design that gave a time of 15m 07s. So what time did it give me....... 15:02, a whole five seconds. Ah yes, I remember the good old days, the days of feel smug because I had a 17:02 time. They were tha halcyon days, the sunny days of my youth, I remember them as if they were yesterday... well a couple days before yesterday anyway. Here's the video of my epic, 5 seconds shorter journey to destruction (beginning at x10 speed due to slideshow).
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    KSP Challenge: Impact the Mun!

    During the pause at the start of the video I was thinking "CPU melting in 3, 2, 1"