Disaster in Jool Space!
Our brave crew on the Discovery on Laythe tried to transmit
some science data back to Kerbin.
It said it transmitted, though that's a bit hard to believe considering
where the antenna is pointing.
Time to launch the next lander! The Leonov is heading for
Only to meet disaster at Tylo! Why am I having so many Δv problems?
Oh... wait... are we orbiting Jool retrograde? Yes we are. Urgh.
That explains some things.
Well lets abuse a quicksave and try to see if we can do some sort of
slingshot maneuver to get us prograde, or at least out to an outer
moon. This attempt to bounce off of Laythe went poorly, got a little
Another quicksave abuse and
we eventually bounced to Tylo again:
But not enough Δv! Can Billy-Bobry eject and use his jetpack
at the last minute to make a safe landing?
No! And this time it was perma-death for our
brave crew. He did have some pretty amazing last views on his
Well let's hope our last lander, the Leonov 2 has better luck.
This time we're going to go prograde by aerobraking at Laythe.
And it works!
Behind Jool in eclipse... well should be an eclipse. How is Kerbol
Could only get a good encounter with Pol, so Pol it is:
Had a horrible time landing, some sort of Kraken kept blowing us
up every time we tried to land, even though we were far above the
surface (in a valley) and only going 2 m/s.
Eventually had to waste a lot of fuel to land on top of a mountain
which finally worked!
Meanwhile the Spaceman Spiff decided that it, too, wanted to be
prograde. So off it is to aerobrake on Laythe. Also to enter
low orbit and see if we can rescue the lander.
Back to our crew on the ground. The sea looked close so Derler thought
he'd go take a look. "Be back in 5 minutes" he told Milford.
Distances are deceiving though, it was nearly a 2km trudge to get
to the shore:
Meanwhile Milford was back in the capsule, and got so excited
when he heard the Spaceman Spiff was in orbit he neglected
to check that Derler was back in the command chair! Oh no!
Here he is trying for orbit:
Could he make it? No! About 500 m/s too little! Disaster!
Discovery is perma-lost!
Well it looks like Derler is going to be stuck for a while.
The Spaceman Spiff is losing more shuttles than the
U.S.S. Voyager it seems (especially if you count quicksaves).
They decide to head to Pol to see what the last remaining crew is up to.
Well Ading is being goofy and jumping around... until he noticed that
the flag had disappeared! He freaked out (way too much Kraken on
this moon), reboarded the ship,
and went to orbit... leaving behind Kellas!
He did manage to dock with the Spaceman Spiff. Wow, docking is much
easier with nearly empty ships.
The Leonov 2 topped off with fuel and swapped in a new crew
(Ading refuses to go on another lander mission).
Maybe there's enough ΔV to land on one of the other moons
before heading home.
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