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'''Eeloo''' is a [[w:dwarf planet|dwarf planet]] that was released in {{version|0.18.2}} as a Christmas gift to the KSP community. It is the seventh and farthest planet from [[Kerbol]] most of the time, though its orbit intersects [[Jool]]'s, passing in front of it for a minority of its revolution period. The two planets are locked in a 3:2 resonance, which, coupled with their different inclinations, ensures they cannot collide.
Eeloo has just 3.5% more gravity than the [[Mun]] and is very similar in size. Like the Mun, it has no atmosphere. The physical characteristics of Eeloo are most likely an analogue of the ice moon [[w:Europa (moon)|Europa]], and its orbit is similar to that of [[w:Pluto (dwarf planet)|Pluto]], though both bodies are known to have a tenuous atmosphere.
Eeloo's relatively large distance from Kerbol reduces [[Electricity#Solar panels|solar power]] to approximately 4% at Eeloo periapsis and 1.4% at Eeloo apoapsis of the values seen at [[Kerbin]]. Bringing additional panels, or an alternate powersource (e.g.: [[PB-NUK Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator|RTG]]s) is recommended.
There is a [[tutorial]] about [[Tutorial:Traveling to Eeloo|How to get to Eeloo]].
== In-game Description ==
|There’s been a considerable amount of controversy status of Eeloo as being a proper planet or just a lump of ice going around the sun.  The debate is still ongoing, as most academic summits held to address the issue have devolved into, on good days, petty name calling, and on worse ones, all-out brawls.
|[[Kerbal Astronomical Society]]}}
== Topography ==
The surface of Eeloo is relatively smooth and covered in gray-white ice, with deep canyons exposing the brownish rock below. A few craters are visible, but not nearly as one might expect for a body without an atmosphere. Its highest points are near the equator and are almost 3.9 km high, while the lower areas can go lower than sea level.
Eeloo's surface lacks ground scatter, suggesting the ice on the surface is subject to erosion of some sort.
It originally had an atmosphere, but it has been removed because the renderer for it doesn't work on [[Celestial body|bodies]] smaller than about Duna's size.<ref>http://www.reddit.com/r/KerbalSpaceProgram/comments/150d8j/ksp_new_planet_for_182_devs_christmas_gift_eeloo/c7icr7o?context=3 by NovaSilisko</ref>
== Biomes ==
Eeloo has a total of 11 [[biome]]s.
=== Biome list ===
{{Biome list|
* Poles
* Northern Glaciers
* Midlands
* Lowlands
* Ice Canyons
* Highlands
* Craters
* Fragipan
* Babbage Patch
* Southern Glaciers
* Mu Glacier}}
== Orbits ==
Eeloo's distant, eccentric and inclined orbit, in addition to its low gravity, make encounters challenging. Its distance from [[Kerbin]] also tends to make missions very lengthy.
A synchronous orbit around Eeloo is possible, at an altitude of ~683.9&nbsp;km.
== Communication ==
Using the Remote Tech plugin, path lengths from Kerbin can reach up to around 127 [[w:gigametre|Gm]] (127 billion meters), resulting in a round trip delay longer than 14 minutes. Even at the closest approach, the communication delay is more than 6 minutes.
== Future ==
There were plans for Eeloo to become the moon of a [[Gas planet 2|second gas planet]] and have an active surface, with ''cryovolcanic'' phenomena.<ref>http://forum.kerbalspaceprogram.com/showthread.php/35829-Eeloo-Discussion!?p=398040&viewfull=1#post398040 {{Broken link}}</ref><ref name="nova june">[http://forum.kerbalspaceprogram.com/threads/29807-Planet-Ideas-And-Names-For-The-Future-Of-Kerbal-Space-Program?p=447959&viewfull=1#post447959 Post in the forum] by NovaSilisko</ref> It is unknown what Eeloo's parent planet was intended to look like, but according to former developer NovaSilisko Eeloo was to be the innermost moon of three other major moons.<ref name="nova june"/>
== Easter egg ==
|description=Easter egg about the atmosphere
Actually, there's a very thin atmosphere around Pluto in real world. In the ScienceDefs.cfg file, it says for the [[Gravity Scan]]:
    EelooSrfLanded = There appears to be a teneous atmospheric coating around the planet. But it is too thin to affect any spacecraft landing here.
So it seemed like there's a very thin but otherwise non-measurable atmosphere out there.
== Reference Frames ==
== Gallery ==
ProbeEeloo.jpg    | A small probe on Eeloo.
Sunset Eeloo.png  | Sunset on Eeloo.
Eeloo_map_800.gif | A topographic height map of Eeloo as of {{version|0.18.2}}, made with the ISA MapSat plugin.
Small lander on Eeloo.png | A probe on Eeloo near midday.
File:Eeloo_Landing_Party.jpeg | A successful landing party on Eeloo.
Lander and rover on Eeloo.jpg | A crew of very brave kerbonauts and a rover on the surface of Eeloo at sunset.
EelooOrbit.png | A mid-size interplanetary spaceship orbiting Eeloo at a distance of around 250&nbsp;km.
EelooOverlook.png | Note the relatively flat topography and complete lack of ground scatter.
== Notes ==
<references />
== Changes ==
* Added biomes
* Added biomes
* Initial release
{{Celestial Bodies}}
[[Category:Dwarf planets]]

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