Admiring Armstrong

In my previous KSP adventure I mentioned that I was using MechJeb for the first time on that mission. In fact, I made a test flight to the Mün to be sure the software worked properly before sending it all the way out to Jool. Especially since George Gassaway told me that there was a problem with MechJeb that would prevent it from being able to control the engines in my Lewis and Clark landers. Normally I have those engines located way up in the staging sequence so that they don't accidentally get activated, and once I separate one of the landers I manually activate the engine with a right-click. But apparently MechJeb can't fire engines that haven't yet been activated in the staging sequence. So what I have to do (before I can use the landers with Mech Jeb) is drag the stage information containing those engines down to just above the active engines, then press space to activate them, and then manually deactivate them with right-clicks until they are needed. Later, after I manually activate the engine, MechJeb can control that engine when called upon. My quick trip to the Mün was to check out the systems... and to check out an easter egg.

I'd heard that there was something cool located on the Mün at the latitude and longitude where Apollo 11 landed on our own Moon. So I looked up those coordinates, sent Jebediah Kerman off in a Lewis lander, and punched the coordinates into MechJeb's landing autopilot, and pressed the "Land at Target" button. And Jeb headed down to the surface. The landing was smooth as you'd please, and off in the distance I could see my target.

Rather than just get out and EVA over there, I tested hopping the lander to a new location with the help of MechJeb. I boosted the lander manually in an arc toward the target, then turned it over to MechJeb by pressing the "Land" button. MechJeb rotated the lander around, killed the horizontal velocity, and landed it in the new spot. When the lander is coming in for final approach, you can use the roll controls to orient the lander as you wish -- which is good, since I had side-facing lights on the lander to illuminate the target. THEN Jeb (who's never one to walk when he can fly) did an EVA over to the target.

The authors of Kerbal Space Program added this monument to Neil Armstrong after Neil's death last year. I think it's a very nice tribute. Jeb, of course, had to fly up on top of it...because it just felt right. And the only reason he's not standing on top of the lunar module is because he passed right through it when he tried.

I'm not sure what Jeb makes of the red, white, and blue flag, which belongs to no nation on Kerbin. But I appreciate the monument, KSP Development Team!

If you want to visit the monument, you can use the map picture below as a guide. Or punch the Apollo 11 coordinates into MechJeb. If you want the coordinates of the spot where I landed at right in front of the monument, mouse-over the paragraph below.

Latitude: 0.709509 N     Longitude: 22.722813 E