A Manned Mission to Mun – From Ignorance to Enlightenment via Fear: Part Three
Some called us crazy for wanting to put a Kerbal in orbit immediately after the first successful unmanned satellite was launched, and we should launch another unmanned probe or two to make sure it wasn’t just a fluke. Science cares not for their cowardice! Manned spaceflight is way cooler. But to show we’re not entirely heartless, we’ve decided to launch an unmanned dockable installation on the next launch. It’s been strapped directly behind the pilot, and he’s under strict instructions to jettison it before attempting re-entry.
Behold! The Round Trip Ticket Launch Vehicle (RTTLV), the most powerful rocket yet assembled by Kerbalkind, in this stock photo from the Kerbal Space Center archives. On the pad you see Round Trip Ticket I, piloted by the famous Jebediah Kerman, first Kerbal to reach orbit, first Kerbal to return from orbit, but sadly not the first Kerbal to survive returning from orbit.
Jebediah Kerman was lost when he accidentally invented aerobraking during the Round Trip Ticket I mission while trying to change orbit, and, while aiming for a lake, he splashed down in a mountain. I use the term “splashed down” advisedly. It was messy. His sacrifice will be remembered the way he would have wanted – with a set of commemorative plates which will be sold by infomercial on the History Channel. The mountain has been renamed “Mt. Jebediah” in his honor, and the lake is now Lake Optimism.