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Somewhat inspired by the thought that KSP can do better than the interesting NASA's "Exoplanet Travel Bureau"....

Since the KerbalEDU mission library has been deprecated, this posts offers a new concept for this sub forum.

Note this is an ALPHA phase post & Concept subject to massive changes ;-)....much more relevant detail about how to do these yourself along with related .cfg etc will be added when I have more time...

a continuous WIP post: This OP topic will be a summary of links to related posts.


Table of Contents:

Visualization: Mars ancient ocean (& also consider checking out @KerikBalm's MIP & Rald or "Dying Duna" which work best in KerbalEDU 1.3.1)

Visualization: Exaggerated elevation & Technical surface textures

Planetary Cartography

Visualization: Mercury's 3:2 resonance

To be continued...

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Have you checked out my mod Rald? I started with something very similar to what you have:








But then I went much more fictional:


Not only blue skies, but green life around the water's edge:

early work, only a slight green tint added, that turned the red to yellow:








And, yes, I did go under the oceans:



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  • 10 months later...

Fall break...helping Growing Epsom salt needle crystals...surprise...searching for saturation curves reveals a paper about possible key 'water' dynamics due to such hydrates

in the low pressures near the surface of Mars: ."Magnesium and calcium sulfate stabilities and the water budget of Mars"

Red mars...'rusts' & oxygen left over from broken molecules hydrogen lost to space?...& how many oceans of Mars water may have been lost or are now stuck in salt hydrates...

so now both growing crystals & dreaming ("being pestered"...lol"when can we build a colony" of Kerbal Mars glacier mining activities with the help of NASA Mars Trek's "under dust glacier like formations" data layer, which shows some [see green dots] within 'rocketing' distance of Jezero Crater

('rocketing' distance, rather than flight distance, since even a U-2 spy plane's wings can not make enough lift in the ~7 millibar of atmosphere at Mars' surface, though maybe we get lucky for drone missions if the Mars Helicopter onboard the Perseverance Rover headed for Mars. actually works..)


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