i've successfully landed on the mun a few times now, both with the one person capsule and the three person capsule. last time i did a nice moon walk and everything. i'm getting pretty decent at it. i've also orbited minmus and returned just to see how easy it would be to land on it and whether i'd have enough fuel. the thing about minmus is that there doesn't appear to be a lot of flat ground, so it might take more fuel to rocket around looking to a landing spot. on the other hand, i'm pretty sure it has less gravity than the mun, so that might not be such a big deal. i'll probably organize a mission there soon.
i wonder if there's a good way to return from the mun (haven't watched other people do it yet). so far all my attempts have left me drifting in a wide, circlish orbit around Kearth, which is okay, but it'd be cool if my escape from the moon put me in an elliptical orbit that brought me closer to earth so i wouldn't have to decelerate so much. i'd feel more comfortable doing moon operations/explorations with my rocket if i knew i could leave the moon and not need much fuel to adjust my trajectory on my return. i guess it doesn't take that much as it is, but still.
i'm also getting a little better at getting into stable, circular orbits. next step is to put something into a stable orbit and try rendezvousing with it. i tried it a little while ago and after 2 hours of tinkering i was only able to close to about 200 km, but by the end i finally figured out the best way (or at least a viable way) to go about it. afterwards i watched some videos of people doing orbital rendezvous and confirmed the method, which is basically orbit at a lower or higher altitude until i catch up to the object i'm trying to rendezvous with, then pushing my orbit out to meet the object once we're close. seems easy, but from what i've tried it's really hard to pull off. :/ i guess the key is to bring lots of fuel so there's enough to correct for the multitude of mistakes.
still haven't gotten any aircraft to fly in a reasonable manner. i see videos (or at least video thumbnails) of people on youtube with aircraft. i wonder if i'm just terrible at building them, or if they're using mods that make flying them easier. i'd love to be able to build some kind of space shuttle, right now every rocket i make uses a capsule and parachutes down at the end.
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