Here we go,my first ever AAR.Comments good or bad welcome,I promise I won't cry.
I should state that I did use the Mechjeb mod (an automated system to those who don't know) however I did turn it off where stated.It's not perfect I found.
Everything else is all stock parts.
Your pilot for today's mission is the great Jebediah Kerman.Well known to all budding astronauts in the Kerbal Space Program as the guy who just can't stop smiling.
There she stands.'Mun 1' (I know,how original)
Blast off! I'm just using liquid fuel engines for this attempt.Solid fuel rockets are too dangerous!
Starting the gravity turn.
That's where I hope to be going.
Now in a stable orbit around Kerbin.Note my many 'failed attempts' littered around orbit.
It looks lovely from up here.
The blue line is my intercept course for the Mun.On the left is a failed space walk.Poor old Gregley Kerman.I may attempt a rescue one day.
Getting close.I will soon be going full manual for the landing attempt.
My intended landing site.
The 'de-orbit burn' I think it is called.
Out of fuel! Time to lose the main engine stage.Fuel management is a HUGE part of this game.This particular design took hours to come up with.Trying to juggle between fuel amounts and weight can be a headache.
Every attempt I have made using Mechjeb to land on the Mun has failed so far.I'm not sure why,maybe it's my design.Sometimes it says that the engine doesn't have enough power for the descent,sometimes it doesn't but still crashes.It seems to me that it comes in too fast and at the last minute applies full power to the engine to correct the descent.The engine I am using doesn't seem to have the power to cope with an automated landing.Who knows,maybe some experts can tell me why.
Anyway,full power applied to slow this beasty down before attempting to touch down.
I'm getting very nervous.If this works it will be my first Mun landing that didn't end up in disaster.
It's a long way back......
I have managed to bring my surface speed right down,but at the last minute I chicken out and activate a Mechjeb landing to complete the last few metres.Luckily the landing gear pops out.Unlike one of my earlier designs,the landing gear actually extends past the engine nozzle.
At last! After literally hours and hours of failed launches,botched orbits and disastrous landings I finally make it.
Where is the Kerbin flag?
Now,anyone know how to get back?