November 30, 2013
Now It All Makes Sense!
I've figured out what happened to Comet ISON!
I really didn't mean to do this. Billy-Bob Kerman was doing an EVA... for SCIENCE!
... and apparently the orbit of the Delta K's capsule dipped just a smidge too far into the atmosphere.
I swear, I was just as shocked as Billy-Bob when he slowly drifted away from the capsule. It didn't take long for the inevitable to occur, while I sadly watched, realizing this meant the mission was a failure. And that I'd have to hire a new kerbalnaut.
It became clear that this was a very
shallow re-entry... indeed, I must have just
barely brushed the actual atmosphere because Billy-Bob fell forever
. In fact, as soon as the flame went out, the wind vortexes appeared, and that's NEVER happened to me before, on any reentry.
On the plus side, however, I discovered what happened to Comet ISON... which is nice. Comet Billy-Bob must've looked beautiful from ground level.
Gosh, I love KSP.
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I'm still playing with the demo, but I managed to get the big, 7 Stage rocket into a stable, round orbit on the second try, and bring it back down. I still have no idea how the stack controls down the side work, and I actually had to click on the engine and bring up its controls to fire the second engine.
Oh, and that's not counting the time I completely blew it on launch and disassembled the thing in mid air, ejecting the solids without the liquids firing, and watching the spacebar NOT light them off.
Posted by: Mauser at December 01, 2013 06:49 AM (TJ7ih)
(and I'm wondering if my comment over on Brickmuppet's blog inspired this...)
Posted by: Mauser at December 01, 2013 06:51 AM (TJ7ih)
Somehow I had come away with the impression that they didn't ever actually die. Did Billy-bob hit the ground? (And walk away?)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at December 01, 2013 03:01 PM (+rSRq)
Oh, they die alright. They're resilient little critters, but there are limits, and surviving an EVA reentry is way, way beyond those limits.
Too bad he didn't have a MOOSE
Posted by: flatdarkmars at December 01, 2013 04:02 PM (0h1CL)
Billy-Bob did indeed hit the ground in a poof of smoke and the sound of someone falling into a swimming pool. Unfortunately, he did not walk away... until I reverted the flight back to the VAB, where he suddenly was perfectly healthy again!
Posted by: Wonderduck at December 01, 2013 09:24 PM (Izt1u)
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