The folks on Kerbin are a strange lot. Consider the following –
- They all have the same last name – Kerman.
- Their space agency is literally the only thing on the entire planet they inhabit – there are no buildings
- If you need to get someone for your space program, they cost you money (but to whom the money exactly goes, nobody knows since there are no industries on the planet, just a bunch of paper companies)
Just with those three facts, it makes the story of Mitner Kerman very interesting. You see, one day in my space program’s career progression, a contract came up –
“Rescue Mitner Kerman from the Mun.”
That brings up some questions, such as how in the world did she get to the Mun in the first place. I had just barely made it to the Mun…with some help from a friendly Alpaca
Nevertheless, Mitner had somehow made her way up to the Mun and gotten herself stranded there.
So, the thought now is…how do I get to get her back? The first thing that you have to do is build yourself a ship. In this case, I also had some contracts to take some kind people on tours of Kerbin and other places, so I decided that this vessel would be the one to use, or something like it at least –
I also had attached a launch escape system which I had a contract to test while landed on the Mun as well, but forgot to add to this replica. The flight to the Mun went uneventfully, with many maneuver nodes created and followed, and then making the approach to the Mun.
It took a few tries to land safely (and many times of crashing into the ground), but the crew did land and knew nothing of the failures due to the magic of the F9 key in Mission Control.
Valentina was so proud of her actions, she placed a flag to commemorate the event –
As with anything in Kerbal, there were more problems to come. For example – the site where Valentina, her alpacas and the Smart A.S.S. landed was about 100km from Mitner and his craft. Valentina’s solution? EVA to him.
But Mission Control got a handle on this problem (including the need to press W continuously for ages) and ordered the crew to fly to his craft. After many attempts, the crew were ordered to send an envoy to visit Mitner, and everyone was happy –
But, you’re saying, where is the ship? It was left in orbit. We’re a bit hazy as to what happened next, but one of the tourists did take a photo of an interesting sight they had while orbiting the Mun –
What is that thing??? It’s on the wrong side of the SPACE door!
Is that a missing Kerbal? I think it is. A few seconds later, we see this:
As it turns out, that’s Mitner Kerman! He looks especially happy after having to (quite literally) fly to the ship to get on board to head home.
And head home we do –
Heading to a comfortable splashdown in the ocean
Well, everything is there, but there were some issues in the mixed sizes used. Kerbin’s Navy were able to recover all parts successfully, and Mitner has gone on to a successful career with the Space Agency:
What’s next for Mitner? Who knows. Maybe he’ll be the first Kerbal to land on the surface of Dres, or one of Jool’s moons…