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Minor proposal, not meant to be obnoxious:

  1. Take off from the Mun in the other direction (counterclockwise, ie. to the right when looking towards north).
  2. Rotate the map so that Kerbin is upwards and you are looking down at the Mun's north pole.
  3. Burn prograde when your craft is in the upper right part of its orbit, roughly halfway between the direction of Kerbin and the line on the map representing the Mun's orbit. Precise timing is not needed, just eyeball it and burn.

This will get you back to Kerbin the fastest and easiest.

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5 hours ago, Fraktal said:

Minor proposal, not meant to be obnoxious:

  1. Take off from the Mun in the other direction (counterclockwise, ie. to the right when looking towards north).
  2. Rotate the map so that Kerbin is upwards and you are looking down at the Mun's north pole.
  3. Burn prograde when your craft is in the upper right part of its orbit, roughly halfway between the direction of Kerbin and the line on the map representing the Mun's orbit. Precise timing is not needed, just eyeball it and burn.

This will get you back to Kerbin the fastest and easiest.

Awesome, this is what the community is for. yeah i didn't do the most efficient landing. 

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Exiting the Mun to the rear like I wrote above means that the whole time while you're moving away from the Mun, the Mun's gravity is slowing you down. By the time you exit, your orbital velocity around Kerbin is slow enough for you to fall back down without a retroburn.

Minor addendum to the above: if the Kerbin periapse starts rising again during the final burn, you burned too late (tested the above today, the "roughly halfway" is slightly too late; burn before that). In this case, stop burning, warp until you're out of the Mun's SOI (you're behind the Mun now and it's moving away from you, so you won't get recaptured by its gravity if you decelerate), then burn retrograde until your periapse is ~45 km or less.

At that trajectory, coming in from the Mun, you will have a nice and shallow entry that uses up about 50 ablator on the heatshield (so don't take more than 60, it's a waste of space; you can make it with less, but whatever the heatshield is directly attached to might get a bit singed) and won't overshoot back into space (which is not that big of a problem anyway unless you're very low on battery power and/or using a life support mod).

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