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Fraser Stewart
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Hi all,

Me and friend had our first game last night but need 2 things clarified.

1. Where does the mercury expansion go?
we ended up placing it at the far end of the system, though not entirely correct in terms of irl but the inner pointer on the mercury orbit card made us think is was the opposite to outer on the adjacent card. That said, no mission took us that far out.

2. When aiming to fire out from earth directly to orbit and bypassing sub orbit the difficulty is 8, does this mean that even with multiple juno or
a few atlas rockets this is impossible? e.g. 3 juno rockets have a mass of 1 each so 3 times 8 difficulty requires 24 meaning the max thrust given by the juno rockets in 12. Am I right in saying juno rockets are only really meant for in space travel?

Cheers in advance
 
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Jakub Glazik
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1. Just put Mercury where you can, that does not matter. It fits pretty nicely near the Earth and the Mars. If there is no mission for Mercury there is no point to setup the cards anyway.

2. You are right. In technical terms Juno and Atlas have not enough thrust-to-weight ratio (TWR) to carry even itself to the orbit. Simply put, if there is no number at all in max payload mass table, the rocket just can't be used for such maneuvre.
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① Wherever it can, really.

② Yup, though remember that you can double-stage payloads to Earth Orbit by going via Sub-Orbital Flight, and Atlas can still be useful there - though Saturn will be cheaper per mass to orbit.
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Jakub Glazik
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Firedrake wrote:
though Saturn will be cheaper per mass to orbit.
And that's what bothers me the most in LE, because in reality that does not make sense.
 
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Thanks for the replies guys. How would you get to mercury orbit if placed next to earth? That was another reason we placed where we did, no real way to determine difficulty to get there.
 
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Jakub Glazik
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What really matters is maneuver location and its destination description, not the card itself.

In Outer Planets there are many more such "jumps" without card adjacency.
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Fraser Stewart
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So in practice, it requires nothing to enter Mercury's orbit from earths orbit?
 
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wellrod wrote:
So in practice, it requires nothing to enter Mercury's orbit from earths orbit?
To get to Mercury Orbit you need to be in a location with a manoeuvre that leads to Mercury Orbit, and do that manoeuvre.

The same is true for every other location in the game.
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Pretty much place the entry to Mercury orbit somewhere that requires something to get there. Fair enough thanks for the help chaps.
 
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