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The '''career''' mode, available since {{Version|0.22}}, is still in development and provides an alternative to '''[[Sandbox]]''' mode. The heart of Career mode is performing [[Science#Activities|science activities]]. With [[0.24]] a second type of career mode was added, which adds [[contract]]s, [[funds]] and [[reputation]]. The [[Science mode|Science game mode]] behaves like the career mode prior to 0.24.
The career game mode has an open [[Research and Development]] facility. The player has to design and complete missions while performing scientific experiments. These yield Science points which can then be used in the Research and Development facility where new parts can be “researched”. This will allow the player to purchase the new parts associated with the researched node. The player can use only parts which are already unlocked, so every game starts with the [[Start]] node unlocked.
Since version 0.24 [[Funds|monetary costs]] for each part are used and [[contract]]s are given by [[agencies]] to earn money to fund future missions of the space program. The [[Mission Control]] building is used to manage the available, active and finished contracts. Additionally, [[reputation]] as another measure of success is added.<ref>“[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5UiTqBCNQk First Contract Playthrough]” by Miguel (Maxmaps) uploaded on the official Kerbal Space Program channel released on the 11 July.</ref>
Similarly, the player may access the [[Administration Facility]], where there are business [[strategies]] to choose to influence the financial {{nowrap|({{mark|fund}})}}, scientific ({{mark|scp}}) and reputation ({{mark|pres}}) income of the missions.
An important feature of this game mode is the [[kerbonaut]]s' specialization and [[experience]] system, based on XPs gained by reaching achievements. These progresses can be observed most comfortably in the [[Astronaut Complex]].
The buildings of the [[KSC]] starts fairly undeveloped, and have to be upgraded for funds {{nowrap|({{mark|fund}})}} to be useful for further development.
In this game mode [[stock craft]] are available when playing on '''''Easy''''' [[Game Difficulty|difficulty level]] or by making them available using custom settings.
== First missions ==
The easiest first mission is simply “launching” the [[Command Pod Mk1]]. This is similar to the first Mercury and Vostok missions.
The first rockets could go anywhere in the vicinity of Kerbin, especially with techniques like [[explosive decoupling]]. However, most early rockets will barely, if even, exit the atmosphere. Even so, landing in a new [[biome]] means a fresh opportunity for science activities.
It's easy to unlock the first four nodes of the tech tree by performing science activities around the [[Kerbal Space Center]], even with only Start node parts. The KSC contains many special [[Biome#Kerbin|surface-only biomes]]. Regular biomes outside these special biome locations include opportunities for science while the vessel is flying or in space. At first only [[Crew Report]]s can be done without upgrading any building. Crew Reports only yield science points the first time performed in a situation and biome. So, visiting the same biome multiple times without having new science modules on board isn't very productive.
=== Science modules ===
To accelerate the amount of science returned, it's wise to unlock nodes offering new science modules. With these it is possible to gain even more science to compensate for the fact that technology tree nodes become increasingly expensive. Upgrading the [[Astronaut Complex]] and [[Research and Development]] facility allow taking [[EVA Report]]s and [[Surface Sample]]s.
== Middle game ==
Later nodes will be difficult to unlock without visiting other [[:Category:Celestials|celestial bodies]]. Kerbin's moons [[Mun]] and [[Minmus]] are primary targets for the middle game as they can be reached quickly and easily. Both also feature [[biome]]s, greatly increasing the amount of science that can be collected.
It will be important to unlock various batteries and solar power generators for transmitting data. Missions will generally be larger and demand greater mastery of the maneuver node system in Map view.
== Late game ==
With good strategy and diligent "mining" to exhaust biome+situation combinations, it's possible to finish the tech tree with just Kerbin and its moons; but it's often faster and more exciting to figure out how to intercept with other planets. [[Eve]] and [[Duna]] are certainly reachable with conventional rockets. For manned exploration of distant planets, and the high multipliers for doing any Science on them, acquiring the [[LV-N Atomic Rocket Motor]] will be very helpful.
== See also ==
* [[Tutorial:Start a career game|Tutorials on starting a new career game]]
== References ==
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[[Category:Game Modes]]
[[Category:Career-specific features| ]]

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