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In Mission 12, named Solar Probes, you have to launch Solar Probe Alpha and Beta into orbit around SOL. The mission suggests to travel to SOL by way of doing a gravity assist of PUR, but this is not required and faster ways of navigating to SOL exist. Ex,Cartesian Navigation.

Walkthrough:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekPXQuC1fmY

Objectives

Award Cost Time Checkpoints
GoldTrophy-50.png Gold < $22,000,000 < 10m No
SilverTrophy-50.png Silver < $22,000,000 < 10m 30s Yes or no
BronzeTrophy-50.png Bronze < $22,000,000 < 12m Yes or no
  • Put Solar Probe Alpha into orbit around Sun
  • Point Solar Probe Alpha's shield toward the sun
  • Put Solar Probe Beta into orbit around Sun
  • Point Solar Probe Beta's shield toward the sun
  • Budget: $22,000,000
  • Max time: 12m

Tips

  • Aim directly for SOL. You might need checkpoints with this tactic. Looking for the illuminated part of HOM might help.
  • The Solar Probes themselves have a different way of changing their flight path: hit a rotational thruster and then use the probes' main engines to change its path.
  • To get the gold award, the time is too short to launch the Solar Probes separately. You need to do it with them at the same time.
  • A gravity assist is used to accelerate or decelerate a craft towards another body (Example is New Horizons used a Jupiter gravity assist to reach the Kuiper belt). But many players orbit Purple Planet before reaching the Sun.

Trivia

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