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Dieselvanian Space Log

Here in Dieselvania we care a lot about space. Space is an important part of the advancement of human-kind, and we basically need to venture into it. It seems that we may be a little behind, as it stands. Considering that several other nations have traveled to and conquered other planets, we need to step up our space game. At the moment we have been funding our program well, and have made several discoveries in the cosmos using telescopes and a wide variety of spacecraft.

However, this isn't enough. We have began funding several missions to send more Dieselvanians into space. We plan on reaching the Moon within the next month. Looking at the math, this should be achievable, if only we had more qualified astronauts. We shall begin searching for the perfect candidates.



Entry Date: 23/2/18
Current Goals:
    - Put Dieselvanians on the Moon
    - Observe more Space

In the passing days we have made more and more advances, slowly bringing us to our overall goals. We have spread the news of our plans and have advertised for trained professionals to man our mission to the Moon. Several engineers have come together to work on more advanced telescopes, in order to help us more accurately study space. We have called this new telescope the Dieselvania Nova-1, after the lead engineer Anthony Nova.


Entry Date: 3/3/18
Current Goals:
    - Put Dieselvanians on the Moon
    - Observe more Space

Our searching efforts have been a great success. We have found a team that are highly qualified to begin traveling in space. Though this will be a new piece of space craft, so they must be trained to use it. After extensive tests on the Dieselvania Nova-1, it seems we can use it full-time as a well functioning telescope.

Process on making spacecraft has been very successful and seems to be moving very quickly. We did however had an accident last week with an engineer falling off of a raised platform onto a piece of sheet metal. She will be fine of course, as she is receiving amazing health care in the local hospital.



Entry Date: 21/3/18
Current Goals:
    - Observe more Space
    - Put Dieselvanians on the Moon
      - Build Advanced Spacecraft

After finalizing the new telescopes we have finally put them into place in various laboratories located in and around Diesel City. Using them, we could see many celestial objects we had known about in a much better view. Glorious high-definition images of near by inhabited planets, and better views of other solar systems. Using this new information we plan to investigate a massive new world of intergalactic objects that we can finally view in amazing ways.

Our fearless crew has begun the second part of our rigorous training course to prepare them for the new spacecraft and the Moon. We still have yet to name the craft itself, though many ideas have been thrown around. After hiring many new robotic citizens that are well-equipped to construct the spacecraft, progress has substantially sped up. Based on current calculations and modifications that we seem may fit, we plan to finish in approximately 6-8 days.



Entry Date: 23/3/18
Current Goals:
    - Observe more Space
    - Put Dieselvanians on the Moon
      - Build Advanced Spacecraft

We were able to finally complete the lunar spacecraft that have collaboratively named Emergence. Transportation of the craft itself has commenced as it is being brought to the optimal location at our D.A.C.O. base near Yuruport. We remain very optimistic for the amazing things that will be done with Emergence. National news reports have been made about our efforts and Dieselvania is roaring with excitement.


Entry Date: 31/3/18
Current Goals:
    - Observe more Space
    - Put Dieselvanians on the Moon

Emergence has been transported to the D.A.C.O. base where we have calculated to be the perfect spot for launching. It is only a matter of days now until our future astronauts are walking on the Moon. They couldn't be any more proud to be doing this wonderful service for their country.


Entry Date: 2/4/18
Current Goals:
    - Observe more Space
    - Put Dieselvanians on the Moon

Today we have set up the spacecraft and it is ready for launch at a moment's notice. We are just giving time to our astronauts so they can say their goodbyes to friends and loved ones. Tomorrow is the planned launch date, and the nation itself couldn't be more happy. They all know that tomorrow, Dieselvanians will walk on the Moon.


Entry Date: 3/4/18
Current Goals:
    - Observe more Space
    - Put Dieselvanians on the Moon

Directly from Emergence:

D.A.C.O.: "All systems are in check, ready to proceed. How are you all feeling in there?"
Emergence: "Good, good. I think we're all ready."
D.A.C.O.: "Alright, proceeding to launch sequence."
Emergence: "This is it, we're finally going to do it."
D.A.C.O.: "Launch scheduled in T minus 60 seconds."
Emergence: "We're going to do it, for our country, for science."
D.A.C.O.: "T minus 30 seconds."
D.A.C.O.: "T minus 10 seconds. 9 - 8 - 7 - 6 - 5 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 1. Launch initiated."

At that very moment Emergence was propelled into the atmosphere and beyond it. It was following the planned trajectory to land perfectly on the Moon. Millions upon millions of Dieselvanians were watching on their TV screens in their homes, anticipating the moment. As the spacecraft continued on its journey, those inside seemed to be having the times of their lives.

As it continued along the rest of the nation was in uproar, celebrating this wonderful moment in our history. All the while D.A.C.O. employees were feeling the same. It was only a matter of time before Emergence would land.

And after 3 hours, it finally happened. The spacecraft rotated in space in order to place down the landing gear on the Moon. Rockets fired with a blaze to decrease the velocity of the craft. The forces of inertia were intense inside. The craft swiftly approached the grey, bumpy ground. Within 20 seconds the velocity decreased by half. After 50 seconds the craft was reaching stable speeds. The ground was very close. The craft's velocity has been drastically slowed, and it was just prepared to land. It came closer, closer, and closer still. Then, it touched the ground. Emergence bounced slightly upon impact until finally stopping. It had landed perfectly.

The nation nearly screamed with joy over this historic moment. Transmissions between Emergence and D.A.C.O. became frequent, discussing the success. The astronauts prepared to walk outside. The door to the craft opened softly and smoothly, with air moving out into the void. The crew walked out.

The first to walk out was Jason Hyland, who stood there in amazement, staring into the blank sky riddled with white dots as far as the eye could see. His feet moved softly across the ground, with small puffs of dust kicking up from time to time. Finally he said, "We, our country, did this. We did this for the advancement of our race. For each and every one of us. For science."

The rest of the crew followed behind, walking in many directions to observe. The nation was nearly speechless over what had happened. Dieselvanians walked on the Moon, they had achieved something much bigger than themselves.



Entry Date: 4/4/18
Current Goals:
    - Put Dieselvanians on the Moon
    - Observe more Space

After landing and exploring a bit, the crew of Emergence started doing their planned assignments on the Moon. They first began by placing down the Dieselvanian flag, claiming the otherwise unclaimed land surrounding them, and planting the seeds for future greatness. Then they released a few rovers that had been loaded on the ship, because this seemed like a much easier way to get them there still functioning properly. After that they took several samples from the ground around them, took many images, and used various diagnostic and inspection scanners to scan their surroundings. The results from the tests were sent back to D.A.C.O. headquarters for further investigation.

The crew plans to return home in a week, loaded with a large amount of information, and honor. Their next current step is to set down a number of machines, ranging from plant growing centers, radar sensors, reflective surfaces, material generators, hyper-intense drills, and data collectors.



Entry Date: 5/4/18
Current Goals:
    - Observe more Space

Today our brave astronauts have finally returned home, using Emergence once again, because it was built for an entire round-trip. Landing went extremely well, with the spacecraft being able to land on the landing pad placed on a ship about 8 kilometers off the coast of Izeridge Harbor. When they walked out citizens anticipating the landing cheered and celebrated the wonderful time.

On the research-focused side of things, the data collected will further advance our knowledge of the universe. A very detailed report came in about the composition of the Moon and the logistics of it. Not to mention the various things left on the surface, including our many rovers, plant growing centers, and other things. We plan to shine lasers toward the Moon so that they reflect off of the surfaces we put there, to investigate and formulate information about light. The information we will gain in the future after this trip will likely be tremendous.



Entry Date: 5/4/18
Current Goals:
    - Observe more Space
    - Observe the Moon

Over the past 5 weeks we've been sending more and more brave people to the Moon, gathering more information, and most importantly, building and creating more things there. An entire living facility was created that would be able to sustain a group of 10 people for at least 1 month. There have been plants grown, rocks researched, and many other discoveries made.

More improvements have been made with our telescopes, now being able to look farther in the deepest of space. We've been able to see outside of our local group, and have even created entire 3D simulations of space. Not to mention all of the deep space probes that have been sent out. A whole new perspective has been formed of places beyond our world. Entire star systems and nearby galaxies within our visible grasp. It's only a matter of time before we can view it all closer.

Using the powers of nuclear fusion, our ships can move much faster through space, nearing a quarter of the speed of light. All of it has been unmanned, of course, but we can still reach the far depths of our solar system, and have explored and recorded our beautiful neighboring planets.



Entry Date: 18/5/18
Current Goals:
    - Observe the Moon
    - Observe more Space
    - Colonize the Moon

We've now improved our situation on the Moon, with practically a self-sufficient living space suited for 50 people, that is big enough to store large quantities of living items, and even grow some very small plants. We plan to expand this space even farther to include room for more people, as well as tunnel-like structures linking between large facilities. This will lead our efforts to colonization of as much of the Moon as possible. That is, until we look further to other planets.

We plan on sending more people to live in these facilities for a while, using our newest nuclear-powered shuttle that can in fact reach slightly beyond a quarter of the speed of light. It will be a small while before we actually send people in it, but it should work perfectly and smoothly.



Entry Date: 6/6/18
Current Goals:
    - Observe more Space
    - Colonize the Moon

A new mission has been planned to send a group of 26 astronauts to stay in the Moon facility now named Sector 0 along with the 5 astronauts currently up there. They've been tinkering with the base up there and have managed to calibrate it so that plants can be somewhat farmed to the point where it is self-sufficient. The crew that we bring up there will be equipped with enough food to last a bit but will eventually need to use these plants for food. They will stay in Sector 0 for at least 1.5 months and over time it is likely that we will continue sending more astronauts along with them.


Entry Date: 14/6/18
Current Goals:
    - Observe more Space
    - Colonize the Moon

As our brave astronauts prepare to stay in Sector 0 for a while, we look toward our other projects for interesting results. Our telescope on Earth can now barely observe to the edges of our local group, with extreme accuracy and quality, opening our eyes to breath-taking new discoveries. The 3D simulations that have been mentioned before are going quite smoothly as well, now that more and more information can be added. Future development into virtual reality is possible. Meanwhile our probes in space collect information beyond our local group, though they are slower.

Questions have arose whether or not to use nuclear-powered shuttles to get to the Moon. Because of their speed, it would only take 4 seconds to reach the Moon, which is far faster than anything we'd ever done. If used we would likely only use it for quicker transportation of necessary items to the Moon, not people, yet.



Entry Date: 21/6/18
Current Goals:
    - Observe more Space
    - Colonize the Moon

Things are going as planned in Sector 0, the astronauts have been living as they normally would, however all done on the Moon and with fewer normal household items. Routine checks and updates have been done to all accessible spacecraft including satellites, shuttles, and rockets. We've also been checking telescopes and we plan to get more deep space probes out in the near future.

From gathering data using telescopes and the like, we have a very solid visual of our local group especially our galaxy, all of which is updated into our database as well as our 3D simulation which is available to the public. Our field of vision however obviously goes far, far beyond the reaches of our local group, however the areas too far out will be very unclear to see until we get better means of observation.



Entry Date: 29/6/18
Current Goals:
    - Colonize the Moon
    - Observe more Space
      - Observe the Local Group
      - Observe farther beyond

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