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Kerbal Docking Mission



<p>Now, this took some research, some planning, and a number of tries, but matching up orbits for docking IS possible…</p>

<p><img title="docking1.jpg" src="http://aplusphysics.com/flux/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/docking11.jpg" alt="Docking1" width="600" height="456" border="0" /></p>

<p>But certainly not easy. Took a bit of practice (and perhaps a minor bounce off the station…)</p>

<p><img title="docking2.jpg" src="http://aplusphysics.com/flux/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/docking2.jpg" alt="Docking2" width="600" height="340" border="0" /></p>

<p>But in the end, the Kerbals prevailed.</p>

<p><img title="docked1.jpg" src="http://aplusphysics.com/flux/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/docked1.jpg" alt="Docked1" width="600" height="293" border="0" /></p>

<p>Once docked, a fuel transfer was initiated to verify the process. After that, it was party time. The Kerbal who’d been manning the space station decided he needed to get out after going a bit stir crazy. Time to ride the rocket for a spell.</p>

<p><img title="dockedrider.jpg" src="http://aplusphysics.com/flux/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/dockedrider.jpg" alt="Dockedrider" width="600" height="338" border="0" /></p>

<p>This, of course, left the space station unmanned, so one of our newly arrived Kerbonauts transferred himself over to the space station to take the helm.</p>

<p><img title="crewtransfer.jpg" src="http://aplusphysics.com/flux/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/crewtransfer.jpg" alt="Crewtransfer" width="600" height="379" border="0" /></p>

<p>So, it’s doable. Who’s next?</p>

<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/PhysicsInFlux/~4/zWn13xgl9-M" height="1" width="1"/>



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