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Thread: My journey around 366km radius rocky moon (travel log)

  1. #61
    What a place to explore.

  2. #62
    17 days ... this is turning into a truly epic adventure! Luckily (or through careful planning) this planet is coming up with some terrific terrain to prevent it becoming tedious. Have you got any estimate as to how many more days you think the journey might take?

  3. #63
    Yeah have said it before i'm surprised how varied it has been. Some days it feels like i'm in a different moon. But did research before (not to much) so knew it had a lot to offer. Not too difficult, but good challenge. Don't know how to put it but its been good ride, and starting to get the vibe (or feel or how you put it) of this moon.

    I'm clearly past half point, so maybe total will be around 30 days. Depends how many long days i take. I try to keep it fairly straight, there has been so many thing to look (sort of mini targets each day) that it has given me no reason to do big detour.

  4. #64
    Day 18:

    Today was flat day. Nice to drive. Didn't do it in one go as i hoped it would turn into day as i progressed:
    (spoiler alert - it didnt)

    And by flat, i mean many times like this:

    But finally arrived to crater:
    (lets call it West Crater)

    Wanted to drive to middle between 2 craters, not an easy road:
    (i'm sure there would be an much easier way, but that was shortest and funnest :P )

    Next 2 pics are taken in same spot:
    (East Crater)

    (West Crater)

    End of day 18 surface map:
    (i think i will wait to see these craters in daylight, main star is just barely under horizon)

    Day was 90km (total is 1387km). Good use of flatter roads.

  5. #65
    Day 19:

    Today is daylight (as expected). Pic of East Crater in daylight:

    And deceided to descent into West Crater:
    (only a quick descent)

    After craters it continues as it was yesterday. Mostly flat:

    But sometimes little rolling parts:
    (these are bad to drive, but i just like the look of these little hills; and love the rocky grey look - there were many moments where i just stopped and admired grey landscape)

    Typical todays terrain:
    (moon does look very good in daylight)

    As i approaced north, colors like these started to appear more and more:
    (not only blue parts, but you can see white is different too than in previous pics)

    Some of the more colorful patches:

    Little blue rolling parts, loved this pic:
    (and ended today here)

    End of day 19 surface map:

    Day 19 was 170km (total is 1557km). Good progress today.

  6. #66
    Love those craters in the light.

  7. #67
    Day 20:

    Today star was low on back, but still daylight:
    (it was very slippery day - mix of ice did driving quite difficult and very slippery. It is definitely ice - it even blows up ice rather than dust when you brake)

    More rolling parts:

    Long flat sections can end very suddenly with dips like this:
    (looking back at this shot)

    But finally arrived to big crater. Most of it is under the shadow, you can see what some have called crater "nipple" at the center:

    Descended into crater, and climbed on top of that "nipple". Climbing was quite the work with slippery surface, just barely made after multiple attempts:
    (also love the blue glow of the upper crater rim)

    Spot the SRV at the top:

    End of day 20 surface map:
    (next target i think is crater at the center)

    Day 20 was 120km (total is 1677km).

  8. #68
    You got 20th anniversary, congrats!

  9. #69
    Yeah that is only gameplay days - somewhere before i thinked 30 would be enough, now i think its going to be more toward 35 (i was too optimistic before). Depends how many long days i take. But as i have said - its maraton, not a sprint.

    Don't know when next "day" will come, but atleast its long weekend.

  10. #70
    Day 21:

    Todays start was in daylight. Looking back:
    (SRV at the top)

    Same spot, but camera much further away:
    (tried to reproduce it without success, and i don't even remember if that shot was the furthest i could get the camera - has it happened for anybody else? )

    Climbed down the crater cliff, and drove out of the crater. Look back to whole crater:
    (main star was low on back, so i was basicly driving away from the daylight a whole day)

    It was mostly flat today (yes i call that flat :P ). And it might look like grey stone, but it was very slippery - lost count how many repairs i used, i love how ice planets look but i havent gotten used to driving on ice. Still daylight here:

    This tiny crater looked nice:

    Then after that bigger crater on my left:

    And then huge crater in front, liked how there were many tiny craters inside it:
    (and i think it can be called nighttime now)

    Right after crossing it arrived to another litte crater:

    Then after little bit of drive arrived to this crater, and ended day here:

    End of Day 21 surface map:
    (thinking how to proceed here - spots 1,2 and 3 interest me, but don't know if just lighting of surface map or some different surfaces - one way is to just proceed to 1, but what interest me most is 3 so thinking if 3 then 2 then 1 is doable; or just 2 and 3 and then continue ahead)

    Day 21 was 150km (total is 1827km).

  11. #71
    Day 22:

    Today was nighttime:
    (galaxy acted as my most trusted directional waypoint today since i was so close to north pole)

    Another crater, really liked this one:

    And this one, really liked crater wall:

    Then at one point noticed wave scanner began showing upper lines, and i knew upper lines meant some sort of civilization POIs. Stopped my SRV, and scouted ahead with camera. Yes, there was a ship ahead:

    It was NPC Federal Dropship. Pilot was sleeping, and searched her faction was 7653ly away inside the bubble (distance to nearest deep space port is ~3500ly ). My second contact with civilization in this trip:
    (didnt want to wake her so continued my journey)

    After that arrived to crater i marked with "2" in previous surface map. Darkness doesn't help but no sign of different surface, must be just surface map reflections:
    (took also closeup inside the crater - nothing different)

    Deceided to skip "3" and just continue ahead. Just as i climbed out of the crater, noticed another upper lines at my wave scanner. Investigated, and it turned out to be crashed SLF figher:

    Then not long after that another civilization POI, this time data point:
    (and there were 2 other data points after that - not grouped together, but there were some distance between them)

    At one point terrain started to get more mountainous:

    Ended here - it was long drive today:

    End of day 22 surface map:
    (next goal is craters/cliffs at south, this should also get me out of icy bits)

    Day 22 was 220km (total is 2047km). Crazy day with all the civilization signs. Also my exploration rank % rised to Ranger 27% today - started this trip with Ranger 26% and it needed 2047km to rise to 27% :)

  12. #72
    Originally Posted by Kris View Post (Source)
    Day 22:

    Today was nighttime:
    (galaxy acted as my most trusted directional waypoint today since i was so close to north pole)
    https://i.imgur.com/hwQ3WNP.jpg
    Another crater, really liked this one:
    https://i.imgur.com/sFVARbr.jpg
    And this one, really liked crater wall:
    https://i.imgur.com/AFk5HQd.jpg
    Then at one point noticed wave scanner began showing upper lines, and i knew upper lines meant some sort of civilization POIs. Stopped my SRV, and scouted ahead with camera. Yes, there was a ship ahead:
    https://i.imgur.com/M7hsMp3.jpg
    It was NPC Federal Dropship. Pilot was sleeping, and searched her faction was 7653ly away inside the bubble (distance to nearest deep space port is ~3500ly ). My second contact with civilization in this trip:
    (didnt want to wake her so continued my journey)
    https://i.imgur.com/9EZxJVw.jpg
    After that arrived to crater i marked with "2" in previous surface map. Darkness doesn't help but no sign of different surface, must be just surface map reflections:
    (took also closeup inside the crater - nothing different)
    https://i.imgur.com/oerOSI1.jpg
    Deceided to skip "3" and just continue ahead. Just as i climbed out of the crater, noticed another upper lines at my wave scanner. Investigated, and it turned out to be crashed SLF figher:
    https://i.imgur.com/GoCPjed.jpg
    Then not long after that another civilization POI, this time data point:
    (and there were 2 other data points after that - not grouped together, but there were some distance between them)
    https://i.imgur.com/HHaXyu0.jpg
    At one point terrain started to get more mountainous:
    https://i.imgur.com/dpw14dX.jpg
    Ended here - it was long drive today:
    https://i.imgur.com/R8Xuy61.jpg
    End of day 22 surface map:
    (next goal is craters/cliffs at south, this should also get me out of icy bits)
    https://i.imgur.com/26umXWJ.jpg
    Day 22 was 220km (total is 2047km). Crazy day with all the civilization signs. Also my exploration rank % rised to Ranger 27% today - started this trip with Ranger 26% and it needed 2047km to rise to 27% :)
    Out of actual rep so a virtual rep++ from me today.

  13. #73
    Yea, I need to do this one of these decades... perhaps at the end of Beyond when some of the new planetary upgrades are supposed to arrive.

  14. #74
    It's getting harder to avoid planning my second adventure...

  15. #75
    Originally Posted by EDanaII View Post (Source)
    Yea, I need to do this one of these decades... perhaps at the end of Beyond when some of the new planetary upgrades are supposed to arrive.
    Well, if you do please let us know over here ..

    The-Planetary-Circumnavigation-Club

    Always great to hear about another circumnavigation.

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