Today we pay tribute to KSP Orbital Crew #4, who achieved an elliptical orbit around Kearth with an apogee of 9,477km from the surface. Contact was lost at 9:51AM launchpad time, when the RAM usage of the tracking and control program spiked to 1.4GB and promptly crashed. Current calculations based on speed and trajectory indicate that their orbit will eventually decay and and the craft enter the atmosphere somewhere between 7 and 102 days, however without computer control of the parachute system and at a speed of 3-6km/s the craft is expected to either burn up on re-entry, or impact violently somewhere in Northern Kerbalstan.

Enclosed is some photo documentation of their voyage. We salute those who sacrifice themselves for science!
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July 18, 2011 (11 photos)
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