July 31st, 1961; Baikonur Kosmodrone.
“Greetings everyone, and welcome to a short briefing on a bit of a mission that we’ve done before, and went right according to the book, even with the new launcher”, Gene began the press conference.
“As you know, we we launched the Lunar Lander-3 mission a few days ago, and while we didn’t actually make a big thing out of the launch, we did save a few pictures for everyone”.
As the assembled reporters observe the slide show, Gene continued: “As you can see it has the same core as the Kosmos-3 launcher, however an experiment was done to see if it made sense to use liquid fuelled boosters – though we do not plan on doing that again, as the design was inherently inferior to the Kosmos-3 design”.
“The landing on the moon went perfect, and the lander arrived in the contracted region, even finding a nice slope to land on to really test that the new lander design was rock-solid. As you can see from the next image that we got back only an hour ago, it landed well, and Valentina and her crew went about setting everything up, with the new lander having instruments developed since last time we were on the Moon”.
“The experiments will last almost 3 days, after which the our kerbonauts will return”, Gene ended the press briefing.
Later in Genes office.
Gene: “I have a complaint from Mauzy on the mission experiments Wernher”.
Wernher: “Oh, what is that? Did everything not work perfectly?”.
Gene: “Apparently not, the drilling experiment at the ladder apparently needs air to work, and they had no way to reach the laser experiment mounted to offset the weight as there were no ladder on the rear side”.
Wernher: “Could they not just jump? The gravity is lower up there!”.
Gene: “Not that high while also doing delicate experiments. Luckily they were able to transmit the data through the built-in short range antennae, so there were no loss – but the air-needing experiment won’t be needed in the future”.
Wernher: “Al right, maybe I’ll find something else to stick onto it, and a small ladder as well”.