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Mun landing.  To test that my update 0.9 release of the Nexus actually worked, I made a vanilla KSP install with only the Nexus mod.  First mission, the Mun.  No Kerbal Engineer, no MechJeb, and what was most missed was Kerbal Joint Reinforcement.  Even with Size 15 joins, the craft wobbles around a lot.  I had to turn off and on the SAS as the control pod kept wobbling around.  So I highly recommend KJR.
Anyway, we have a launch, a nice (non-exploding) separation, with spare fuel in the Nexus after achieving orbit even.  I then took the time to attempt a nice Nexus recovery, but missed that water stuff.  I never plan that well.  But some of the parts survived.
Nice un-fairing with no collisions.  Then off to the Mun.  No issues getting a stable orbit.  And then managed a landing with no problems.  Still have maybe 80% of the GCR propellant left.
Then I took Jeb out for a Munwalk to get some scale shots.  And plant a flag and get a soil sample etc.
Full set of screengrabs at http://imgur.com/a/qPdrr
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This sums up current Australian politics well.
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This is pretty funny stuff
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Where do you stand on the Confederate Battle Flag issue?  It's the topic of this week's posting. And sure to raise ire, because it is about symbolism.  And symbolism and made up tales are just about the only things that the wagers of our re-ignited Civil War have, as real grievances.  "Americans now discriminate more on the basis of party than on race, gender or any of the other divides we typically think of — and that discrimination extends beyond politics into personal relationships and non-political behaviors...  even though Americans aren’t all that split on policies or ideology. Their partisanship is more tribal than anything — the result of an ill-informed electorate." 

We have a future to win.  Science and all that blue stuff are vital to our childrens' future. We would rather not have this be about symbols... but if you insist....

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/06/fort-sumter-redux-battle-flag-and-re.html
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<figure data-orig-width="480" data-orig-height="68" class="tmblr-full">https://41.media.tumblr.com/029295276005d87285b9343b52aa5b9c/tumblr_inline_nqenx4PM6Q1rr2wit_540.png</figure>Hello everyone! We’ve just released a small patch to resolve an issue some users were having with craft in saves created in KSP 1.0.3 that were not loading properly, and became uncontrollable. If you were not experiencing this issue you won’t need to update to 1...
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Aand this is why I didn't download 1.0.1, or 1.0.3. The updates are coming very fast now that 1.0 is out finally. This game has future. But I wonder how many people have already bought the game. I believe it is a secret tip, still, but there have to be... at least 4,783.
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Stoopid mobile posty things. This isn't nexus related. In case you hadn't noticed. 
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Nexus 0.9 uploaded on KerbalStuff (https://kerbalstuff.com/mod/781/Super%20Heavy%20Boosters%20Historical%20-%20Nexus)
AFAIK this should be all the required working parts.  I have yet to add the second type of nexus booster side flap that would have been in use when all 12 panels were flaps.  But that's not really a necessary part.
Gas Core Rockets are special "no throttle lag" versions basically because I couldn't land the sucker with the rather large lag I had.  
Images are of the 60 foot diameter second stage (which is scaled from the 120 foot (36.6m) Convair design.  There's also two lengths of 35 foot (was 70 foot).  Fairings are provided for both sizes.  The adapter from the first stage Nexus booster to the 35 foot tank requires the two stage enthusiastic separator that I have in for eventual use with Orions, at the Nexus end.
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I haven't had enough spare time recently.  And what I've had has been sunk into trying to understand why the leg parts I was modding weren't working.  Anyway, after I spotted my incredibly dumb error (no, really, it was very dumb) I figured out that my legs had been working for a while.
Between the legs working and sorting out how to get big adapter things nicely decoupling without making everything explode, tonight I managed a gentle landing with a second stage Nexus on the Mun for the first time.
That is, the landing craft landed on it's legs, which then didn't collapse.  The craft didn't fall over.  No kerbanauts were hurt.
I'll probably give the legs a quick place holder texture, fix an annoying animation silliness, and re-upload the current Nexus pack in the next couple of days.
Of course, after I landed the second stage, my arrangement to decouple the mega-rover factory resulted in some small explosions and the rover being upside down.  :-/  But the nexus bits all worked perfect!
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Settings are all of it. The pc is moderate spec, i5 quad 16g ram, with an nvidea 960 card which is where the ability to run the fancy graphics comes in. Then ksp on max, with Astonomer's visual pack mod collection 
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If our government wants to strengthen citizenship laws, it should do so calmly, not by spreading fear – that is doing the job of the terrorist
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Um, Brin pretty much says everything Plait didn't. Nothing much to add except "Aargggg!"
 
In honor of Asteroid Day... Phil Plait offers up a little allegory about an asteroid heading toward the Earth, and how easy it might be to save ourselves, if not for mistrust of science itself.  

Me?  I om on the advisory boards of the B612 Foundation... actively seeking to protect our planet from rocks... and NASA's Innovative and Advanced Concepts group.  So I am doing my part.  The rest of you can too, but laying into the War on Science crowd and finding every opportunity to call them what they are -- enemies of our kids' future.
Take a moment and indulge me. I want you to imagine a scenario. Astronomers mapping the sky find a moving object, incredibly faint, in their data. It’s moving slowly, so it’s very far away and probably small. Their best guess is that it’s an asteroid about a kilometer across. Because...
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Various stages of landing leg development.  If you ever have a chance to create landing legs for KSP, choose something easier, like learning multidimensional partial differential equations.  I don't remember them being half as frustrating.
But, finally, some vaguely apparently working legs that shall belong to the second stages of the Konvair Nexus in KSP.
PS: The launch pad hates large weights, and is surprisingly explosive.  In fact, just about any collision with it and say a few hundred tonnes, seems to cause it (that's NOT the legs exploding) to explode.  Special Hollywood concrete I'm guessing.
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OMG, Sir Christopher Lee is dead.  
 
RIP you glorious gentleman.

I'd say he had a good run. And right now I imagine Satan reading the news, realising he's going to get his ass kicked AND be dethroned by the biggest badass of them all. 
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