JFK Proposes Bold Challenge for Space Exploration

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Yesterday, President John F. Kerman (no relation) gave a passionate speech at the Kerbal Academy, outlining a bold set of goals for the fledgling space program. In no uncertain terms, he called upon all Kerbals to support, before this decade is out getting a Kerbal to the Mun and, if possible, returning him alive. It

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Exclusive Tour of Research and Development

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Wernher von Kerman

In the afterglow of the excellent Mark Two mission, we asked Wernher von Kerman (no relation), the Kerbal Space Center’s lead scientist, what plans the center had for future flights (Mark Two Mission a Complete Success, CommNetNews).  “I might have some ideas on how to proceed,” he replied. We caught up with him to find

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Mark Two Flight a Complete Success

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Mark Two Leaps Skyward

After several weeks delay, today witnessed the successful launch of a Mark program capsule. The second attempt at launching a Kerbal skyward went off significantly better than the earlier attempt several weeks ago. The crews in the Vehicle Assembly Building had hung a large sign which read “Better than last time!”, and all the technicians

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Mark Two Flight and Pilot Announced

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Mark One

The Kerbal Space Center will attempt the second flight in the Mark Program, the Mark Two, as soon as possible. Scheduling this launch so soon after the out-of-control moments of the Mark One flight indicates that the Kerbal Space Center is quite confident in the findings of the Mark One Anomaly Report (see CommNetNews’ coverage

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Mark One Investigation Report

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The Mark One tumbles after launch.

The Mark One Anomaly Investigation Board released it’s report on the flight of the Mark One vehicle today, and reveled that a mis-wiring of the RT-5 “Flea” Solid Rocket Booster ignition system triggered the Mk16 Parachute to deploy immediately, rather than during spacecraft descent as planned.

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Mark One Launch Ends in Near Disaster

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Jebediah Kerman heads to the Mark One

Today’s historic first launch of the Mark program was marred by a near disaster, with the craft tumbling out of control and failing to achieve a fifth of the intended altitude. Only the quick reflexes and remarkable piloting skills of the Kerbonaut Jebediah Kerman (no relation) prevented his untimely end.

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Mark One to Launch Today

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Mark One on the Pad

It was announced late yesterday that the Mark One Capsule will be launched today. We will bring you the full report as soon as we can publish them! You can review the Mark Program with our coverage here, or read up on the specific goals for this flight here. Our coverage of the intrepid Kerbonaut who will

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Mark One Moves to Pad

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Jebediah Kerman, Mark One Kerbonaut

Yesterday the Kerbal Space Center completed it’s checkouts of the Mark One space vehicle, and completed the complex procedure of moving the assembled vehicle to the launch pad. The checkout in the Vehicle Assembly Building over the several days found no major faults, although some minor corrections and re-calibrations were made to various systems. Once

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KSC Announces Mark One Kerbonaut

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Kerbonaut EVA Suit

Today the Kerbal Space Center announced that they had selected the Kerbonaut who will fly the first Mark Program flight, the Mark One. After weeks of speculation, we finally know which brave soul will strap themselves into the tiny Mk1 Capsule and allow Mission Control to ignite the ton of rocket propellant beneath them, propelling

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The Mark One Mission

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Mark One Assembly

Soon the Kerbal Space Center will attempt to launch it’s first capsule with a live Kerbal inside. In reference to this historic event, Gene Kerman, Kerbal Space Center’s Flight Director, said: “Our space program will soon enter a new era, the participation in the exploration of space by our first Kerbonaut. This upcoming mission is

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