September 1st, 1960; Baikonur Kosmodrone.
Sitting in his office, Gene is done with the latest report to the Ministry of Science (M.Sc.) and Collaboration (a newly renamed ministry to sound more international withy the space programme and all it seemed).
Reading over the report, he notes with satisfaction the return of the first batch of experiments from the KSS late June, but frowns at the Lunar probe that failed on launch the following day – he decides that he needs to have a good talk with Wernher about those guidance issues*.
He also notes down to start a replacement of the lost rocket, as well as a new experiment package for the KSS – maybe a bigger one this time around?
The last bit of the report contains the updated high resolution map of Venus, which he supposes that KSA should put to use with another landing test – but that will have to wait until the current batch of projects finish. In the unmanned department, the Jupiter-1 has passed the point where the gravity of Jupiter is the dominating force, meaning it is now at Jupiter, technically speaking.
Unfortunately it seems that the orbital insertion burn is right in the middle of the Mars launch window in a few weeks – which will be a pain to work around. Finishing up the report, Gene turns to the time table for the many launches planned in the coming Mars launch window.
*: A new tendency among the rockets to start the SAS setting at something not “hold” has started appearing, conflicting with my tendency to take pictures of launches – as I need to keep an eye on the rocket for the first 10-20 seconds to be ready to fix any SAS issues wanting to turn the rocket upside down (or worse)…