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Title: Going Home (Maybe?) | Kerbal Space Program | Part 10

Kerbal Space Program, Part 10: Let's try to get home shall we?

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Hank: Just trying to save my little Kerman's life, and it's just not even worth it. 

Hello and welcome to Games with Hank, I'm Hank, this is games with me and today, the game is Kerbal Space Program.  We are headed back to the Mun, where Jebediah Kerban is currently hanging out, just enjoying the view, and thinking about whether or not he's going to be able to get home.  That is a question I would like to answer for him.  Now, I'm not guaranteeing anything.  In fact, I'm not even sure if I've made my craft capable of re-entering the Earth's atmosphere, but it's possible and we're gonna find out. 

So last episode, we landed on the Mun and it was beautiful and wonderful and now Jebediah Kerban is gonna push F to board his craft.  He's back at the craft.  We've planted out flag, we're here on some rocky cratery plane, looks like I do have all of the necessary equipment to land a spacecraft, so that's good.  I've got a parachute and a decoupler, but I don't know if I have enough fuel to get home. 

DO NOT PUSH THE SPACE BAR THOUGH.  Shift button it is, and let's take off from the Munar surface.  Alright, it worked.  And we're getting to our maneuver location about now, and hopefully, this won't be too energetic of a maneuver.  Okay, we are now having that problem where I can't--I can't move my craft around.  Why is that happening again?  Is it because I have no electric charge?  It is.  How do I fix that problem?  I can't?  You guys, solar panels are so important to these missions, and so really, what I should have done is brought some solar panels with me.  Can I move myself around if I'm--using my engines?  Does this engine have a wiggle in it?  It does.  The engine has a wiggle in it, this is excellent news.  It's not gonna have Jebediah Kerban with his life support, but it is going to maybe allow us to get home, so let's have that be the first priority. 

Aaand gun it.  Now we are gunning it in order to attempt to get into a Munar orbit.  We do not have that much fuel, but we have some.  Alright, let's make sure that we are burning most efficiently.  Nope, stop wiggling.  Stop wigglin'.  Get back here you blue thing!  Come to me!  Oh jeez.  Terrible news is that I cannot change the orientation of my spacecraft without firing the rockets, which makes it--oh, I was pushing the wrong button, too, that is also bad news.  Oh, my God, I can't do anything.  I'm just--right now, this is the worst.  This is the worst possible thing to be doing.  I'm making--I'm slowing down my orbit.  This is terribly frustrating.  Okay, come on around, let's do it.  I feel like I'm--I'm controlling it somewhat.  Alright, we got into an orbit, wow, we have barely, barely, very narrowly missed.  Luckily, there's no atmosphere on the Mun, now we're going to have our periapse here, and we are gonna want to launch ourselves as hard as we can toward the planet Kerban, so that's--so now that gets us into an orbit around Kerban, uh, but I don't--whoa, nope, that's not what I wanted.  Oh, God, stop that, stop pushing yourself around!  Dang it, dang it, dang it, dang it, get to the blue thing, are you going--am I pushing the wrong frickin' direction right now?  I don't even know.  How do you--how do you figure that out? 

Okay, let's see.  Well, that's better.  We are doing better than last time.  Alright, this is turning out to be surprisingly complicated, you guys, so we're gonna be skipping around a lot in this episode as I figure out--try and figure out--how to get myself pointed in the correct direction to make a burn that will allow Jebediah Kerban to arrive home. 

Alright, I--for some--I am headed toward it.  Chasing it, as hard as I can.  Oh, so close, so close, oh my God, oh, just a little bit more.  It's easy to crash into a gravity well, okay?  That's all I'm trying to do.  I'm making it worse.  I have 5.9 delta v is all I need.  Alright, see, that allows me, because there's a little bit of adjustment that I can do, I know, I know, I'm making it worse for myself, but I'm gonna make it better for myself eventually, as soon as I see this thing.  Where is it?  It's so far away.  Is it moving away from me as I move toward it?  It would appear that that is the case, but it's--I'm catching up with it, oh, no!  Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God, oh my God, oh my God.  Oh!  Way worse!  Worse, worse, worse, I've made it so much worse for myself.

Okay.  There it is, you guys, let's try and make this happen this time.  I cannot believe how hard this is.  Why does it run away?  It always runs away from me!  Alright, we're gonna run almost right into it, and let us ramp hard.  Ohh, yes, yes, we're gonna get out of Munar orbit!  Okay, whoo, oh, just get me into the sphere of influence of my planet.  Oh, that's a terrible orbit.  Yeah, I'm not getting home, no way.  Aaaaaaaaaaand that is a huge burn.  Alright, well, let's try, let's get ourselves as close as we can.  Well, that's not that bad actually, 'cause it's a small craft, but I do not have a lot of fuel, but let's see.  Come on around.  Mun is trailing with us.  What just happened?  Uh, we entered Munar orbit again.  This is terrible news.  Oh, my God, we--it grabbed us, the frickin Mun grabbed us!  We may have been able to make it home, but now we certainly cannot, because the Mun grabbed us!  Ohhh.  Oh, great, I love it so much. 

It's not gonna take a lot to get us out is the good news.  Very minimal, very, very minimal, we are barely in the Mun's sphere of influence, but enough that it's annoying 'cause we have entered--we're orbiting the Mun again.  It's fantastic.  So great.  Love it.  If only we had electricity.  Hello, Kerban.  It's so nice that you're so far away.  I really wish I could control my spacecraft.  Oh, I went right past--I went right past the maneuver, you guys.  Just trying to point myself in the right direction here, and I'm makin' it harder for myself.  Alright, here I come, back at the blue crosshairs, here I come!  Okay, we're good, we're out.  Let's try and make this work.  It's not going to, but let's try.  Now, let's see if we run into the freaking Mun again, we shouldn't, we're going much faster than it now. 

Okay, so here is our burn coming up.  Now, the question is, can we get in position for it without burning all of our fuel?  Apparently not, because I always hit the wrong direction.  Jebediah Kerban is gonna live in outer space, man.  I've also run out of battery on my camera, so that happened. 

Um, so I've exploited a glitch in this game which allows you to stop if you move in--like, it just ceases all rotation of your craft if you move into the--the fast forwarding.  So, I probably wouldn't have been able to do this without this glitch that I am exploiting, but I'm exploiting it, and it's working, and I have no idea if I have enough fuel to do this burn, but I'm really hoping I do, and basically just gonna punch it at right around here.  So.  Let's start with the fuel, let's start with the burn.  Ten second burn.  We are now at almost 500,000 meters.  Oh, we are really, really close to running out of fuel.  We are really close to running out of fuel right now.  This is gonna be a very--oh, it's not going to be a near thing, you guys, it's not gonna be a near thing because I think that my current orbit is going through the planet Kerban.  If not, it is going very, very near.  Very near, to the point where if I burn for just another second, I should be okay. 

Where's my periapse right now?  120,000 meters, that does not look like that high.  Oh, I guess it is.  It's hard to tell.  But yeah, there's still--there's still quite a gap there, actually, okay.  Alright.  Just--I just ran out of fuel, you guys, I just ran out of fuel, and my periapse is 70,000.  Ohhh, that's not--I don't think that's enough.  I don't think--oh my God, that is so close, though.  Oh, are you serious?  That is sooo freaking close.  I don't think it's close enough.  Look how close I got to home!  Oh, there it is, there it is, there's my home planet.  Here I am.  Just in outer space.  What if I pointed myself toward the planet and then fired--well, I can't point myself toward the planet, I can't point myself in any particular direction, 'cause I no longer have fuel or electricity, so that is a non-starter idea.  Pretty much nothing you can do.  I mean, I might as well separate myself.  I can't do anything.  Jebediah Kerman is now in an eccentric orbit for the rest of history, as far as I can tell.  What a beautiful planet, though.  What a beautiful planet, and a beautiful attempt to return despite the fact that I've failed miserably and it's very sad.  So my periapse right now is 70,805.  If I go around again and it changes at all, what the frick just happened?  You guys, what the frick just happened?  I just got ejected from Earth's orbit by some sort of gravity assist from the Mun.  So things have gotten much worse for Jebediah Kerban.  Well, let's be honest, I--in the initially--was pretty much planning on killing Jebediah Kerban. 

Thank you for watching, and DFTBA.  Apparently, I'm not very good at this game.