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Screw it, I'm going to Duna


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I've been meaning to go to Duna for a while now. I made a custom flag and sent several probes, but never got around to sending any kerbals. But the other day I was watching some Statzenblitz videos and thought to myself, 'Screw it, I'm going to Duna." After about 5 minutes of work, I had a Duna ship.

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There was some krakening with the launcher, but after a revision and turning on autostrut, everything was just fine.

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I originally kept the booster leftovers on the ship for extra delta owV, but when I switched back to the ship, they krakened out, so I ejected them.

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After waiting in orbit for a year and a half, the ship leaves for Duna.

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The ship on the edge of Duna's SOI. After a braking burn and some circularization, the ship was left in a 160km orbit, and the lander was detached from the ship.

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It was here that I realized the heat shield obstructed the lander's engine. It was promptly dumped.

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I remembered the parachutes! They slowed the lander down to 20m/s. The landing went smoothly.

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Success! Also, I forgot Jeb.

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The kerbals ascend.

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The lander returns to the transfer ship.

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Here, leftover liquid fuel was transferred to the transfer ship. The lander was then abandoned.

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The ship leaves Duna for Kerbin

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Burning to slow down. The re-entry periapsis was 35 km.

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Later, the Kerbal Space Program would face lawsuits for improper disposal of nuclear material.

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I remembered the parachutes again!

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Mandatory after-flight shot. Total mission time was about 3 years.

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Destiny fulfilled.

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