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Leg 10 of the Kerbin Sorta-Circumnavigation is complete and here's a few pics.

Juice Goose tanker hitting the afterburners to get a short takeoff.

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Rendezvous with the Coastal Cruiser.

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Val's getting bored with the terrain in this neck of the woods and fell asleep on deck.

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Some mountains some way inland.

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Built and tested this big space truck, to refill a Space Station in Low Eve Orbit, in 1 single trip. I could have built it with huge size 4 tanks but, the ship was too long to my taste... so I devised a slightly more compact design with a more industrial look. Kudos to @SQUAD for the Mk2 lander's rover look ;)

RCS is powerful enough to take-off from Gilly at full load (4 Verniers! ain't that cute?). It has enough fuel to deliver the payload and go back to Gilly. And 4 fuel cells to keep mining during night time (takes a couple of days to refill everything when I land on ore-poor biomes...).

This big Eve exploration mission is taking shape. I'll make a movie out of it, this planet is an awesome engineering challenge :cool:

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Bob finally makes it back to the boat in the K.S.C.

Sunny mornings.

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The way to the coast.

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Climbing slopes.

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At the top.

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Passing the Crater Rim DSN dish, high on the mountaintop, on the way to the rover.

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Crew transfer over Minmus

 

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Launching into the unknown...

 

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Destiny Awaits

 

And one more, with a funny caption:

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Val: "I can see my house from here!"

Maucal: "Cool. Hand me Snak-Pak 203... It's going to be a looooong trip, and you know how Kathmund gets when she's hungry..."

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Still enjoying my first savegame doing most missions completely with Kerbals at the helm, rather than a probe core. (Except for Eve. I'm still not ready for an Eve crewed mission.)

I was all too aware of the high delta-V needs of getting to and leaving Moho. So Jeb is sent alone in a modified lighter-weight Apollo-style configuration. A Rhino injection stage helped with LKO escape and Moho inclination burns. At Moho orbital capture, the Rhino gave its finest and last dV before the NRV nuclear stage used 3/4s of its power for capture and circularization.

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The lander was fueled to easily reach the Moho surface and return. Included was the smallest rover I could make for a planned long drive.

On landing, Jeb tipped the entire lander upside down and the deployed rover went flying. Thankfully, both recovered without any damage. On to the canyon.

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It took 6 hours total in real-time to drive 200 km total to reach the canyon. I like doing these drives as it adds a little realism and I'm not bored by the game's vistas. I've sent robotic rovers along this same path so there were no terrain surprises. Crossed over 5 biomes in this trip, so it was not a wasted trip.

To avoid leaving Jeb to freeze in a long Moho night, he returned to the command module as soon as the mission was done to await a transfer window, which wasn't long in coming with the planet's fast orbital speed.

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The NRV nuclear engine gave its last dV before a lightweight but very high dV ion engine took over. The command module has no heat shield since Moho eats such things. Jeb will eventually reach Kerbin, get into a low orbit at home for pickup by one of my passenger shuttles. I'll send a small old rescue robot to the empty command module to deorbit it.

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I thought I'd share some of my "greatest hits" as far as designs and spacecraft:

Diptera Flying Rover
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Munar Corps Drilling Station (MCDS) - Alpha 75
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Duna Rover - Inflatable / Heatshield lander system
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Spirit of Jebediah Orbital Vehicle
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Munar Hab Station (docked with Spirit of Jebediah)
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Olympus Orbital Facility
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Experimental SSTO 
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Multi-launch Space Station (Tantares & BDB exclusively)
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Apollo-style Moonshot (when ReStock released)
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