Eve is the closest planet to Kerbin and the easiest to reach, requiring the least delta-v of any planet. Having a similar size to Kerbin gives it a large gravity well. Its thick atmosphere makes aerocaptures and landings easy, but also makes return missions from the sea level of Eve nearly impossible as it requires the most delta-V of any celestial body with a solid surface.
Eve has several oceans and large, flat continents with a few mountain peaks. There is a distinctly large crater in the western hemisphere. The surface looks like purple sand dunes. There are several large mountains with heights exceeding 10,000 meters (making them the only places where ascents to orbit are feasible).
Eve's atmosphere begins at 97,500 m and is extremely dense: at 11,250 m, it's as thick as Kerbin's atmosphere at sea level (1 atm), and at Eve sea level the atmospheric pressure is 5 atm. Its atmospheric pressure fades exponentially, with a scale height of 7000 m.
In general, the atmospheric pressure on Eve at an altitude expressed in meters is:
From within Eve's atmosphere, the sky appears indigo during nighttime. During dawn and dusk, the sky is green. The atmosphere is possibly composed of iodine, given its purple coloration.
Jet engines do not function in Eve's atmosphere, since it contains no oxygen — they make noise and consume fuel, but they produce no thrust.
As with version 0.17.1 of aerobraking maneuver arriving from Kerbin and resulting in to orbit around Eve - without using fuel for braking - can be done aiming for at periapsis at aproximately 72500m.
The following table gives terminal velocities at different Eve altitudes. These are also the velocities at which a ship should travel for a fuel-optimal ascent from Eve, given the game's model of atmospheric drag.
A geosynchronous orbit of Eve requires an altitude of 10373.195 km and a velocity of 858.95 m/s. For a semisynchronous orbit of ½ Eve day (11.25 hours or 40500 seconds) an orbit of 6275.676 km above Eve is needed with a velocity of 1082.2 m/s.
Rotational/Inertial transition: 100,000? m
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Eve's sky from the surface.
- A new art pass was done on Eve
- Initial Release
- A nuclear engine has a specific impulse of 220 in 1 atm or higher, 800 in vacuum, and the following at various Eve altitudes:
altitude (m) 11263 11268 11322 11598 11896 12200 12799 13868 14586 15292 16725 18711 22800 23556 32000 38000 43000 51963 specific impulse 220 220.2 224.6 246.9 269.9 292.4 334.0 400.0 438.8 473.4 533.7 600.2 688.2 699.8 769.8 787.3 793.8 798.3