Curing a Burnout: My Attempt At Getting Back Into the Game in Mission Reports Posted June 8, 2018 Scipio 5 launches from KSC with no problems and reaches its parking orbit as usual. A short while later, the spacecraft is cleared for TLI and is on its way to the Mun within half an hour after launch. Due to the time window necessary for both lighting conditions at the landing site and for Marius to pass over the landing site, Scipio 5 is using a special "fast-track" trajectory, which can get the spacecraft to the Mun in less than three hours, at the expense of safety and margin for error. Fortunately, Scipio and Princeps have both flown enough times by now to keep the likelihood of a problem occurring at a minimum. During the flight to Lunar orbit, the crew was able to capture several astronomic phenomena on camera, including this sequence of the sun rising over the Mun's horizon, recorded from the Command module's round hatch window. The Sun's corona is visible for a few moments before the rest of the star is above the horizon, at which point the window is flooded with light. The crew also captured a photo of Minmus shortly before Lunar Orbit Insertion. The dwarf moon is one of the potential future targets for extended space missions being investigated, and it will likely be the site of the next manned missions to a celestial body other than the Mun. Scipio 5 arrives in Lunar orbit and begins its rendezvous procedure. Time is at a premium, in order for the crew to arrive at the station in time to land when the sun is just rising over the landing site, when the terrain features will be most visible. Fortunately, just like Princeps launches, rendezvous operations with Marius are by now routine, and the crew has no issues making their way to the station on time. This photo was taken from the Command Module's forward-facing windows, which are used as a backup for the camera systems typically used for docking. Scipio 5 completes its docking successfully and the crew boards the station. After a brief rest period, they will power up the lander and descend to the lunar surface.