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'''Moho''' is the innermost planet of the [[Kerbol]] star system and the [[w:Mercury (planet)|Mercury]] analogue for Kerbal Space Program. It is similar to [[Dres]] and [[Eeloo]] in that it has no atmosphere and no natural satellites. As of 0.18, it is no longer [[w:Tidal locking|tidally locked]] to Kerbol.
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'''Moho''' is the innermost planet of the [[Kerbol]] star system and the [[w:Mercury (planet)|Mercury]] analogue for Kerbal Space Program. It resembles [[Dres]] and [[Eeloo]] by lacking an atmosphere or natural satellites. As of 0.18, it is no longer [[w:Tidal locking|tidally locked]] to Kerbol.
  
Moho has a slightly eccentric and inclined orbit, making it hard to reach. Furthermore, its lack of atmosphere (for [[aerobraking]]) and moons (for [[Tutorial: Gravity Assist|gravity assist]]s) make it difficult to stop upon reaching it. These factors make a mission to Moho quite challenging.
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Moho's slightly inclined and eccentric orbit, lack of atmosphere (for [[aerobraking]]) and moons (for [[Tutorial: Gravity Assist|gravity assist]]s) impede encountering and orbital capture.
  
 
== Topography ==
 
== Topography ==
Moho's surface ranges from light brown highlands to dark brown Maria. It is heavily cratered, but less so than the moons of [[Kerbin]] and [[Jool]], suggesting erosion. Because of the lack of an atmosphere on Moho, the primary suspect of Moho's erosion is volcanism. It is probable that Moho undergoes volcanic periods, induced by tidal friction with Kerbol. The fact that this occurs in periods, likely on a geologic timescale, is proven in that volcanism of Moho was removed in 0.18. It must have been discovered just before it stopped being volcanic. The vulcanism would lead to the filling up of craters.
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Moho's surface ranges from light brown highlands to dark brown Maria. Its heavy cratering, though less than that of the moons of [[Kerbin]] and [[Jool]], suggests erosion. Tidal friction with Kerbol most likely causes airless Moho's erosion by inducing volcanic periods that fill craters. The volcanism of Moho being removed in 0.18 proves that Moho's volcanism is periodic because Moho's volcanism--which likely occurs on a geological timescale--must have been discovered just before Moho stopped being volcanic.
  
Moho has two very deep wells at the geographic north and south pole of a, as yet, undetermined depth. Current analysis and probes dropped into the crater at the north pole revealed it to be more than 5 km deep before the probe crashed into the ever narrowing canyon walls. It is possible that these are volcanic tubes that are as of this moment dormant. Further analysis of the canyon walls is needed before a definitive answer can be presented. <!--most likely explanation: it's just a glitch in the procedural terrain generation algorithm --> These holes, often called Moholes, may be a reference to [[w:Project_Mohole|Project Mohole]].
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Moho has two very deep wells at its geographic north and south poles. Current analysis and probe exploration have revealed the north crater to be more than five kilometers deep; however, the probe crashed into the ever narrowing canyon walls before reaching the very bottom. These craters may be dormant volcanic tubes. Further analysis of the canyon walls is needed for a final answer. <!--most likely explanation: it's just a glitch in the procedural terrain generation algorithm --> These holes, often called Moholes, may be a reference to [[w:Project_Mohole|Project Mohole]].
  
 
== Orbital Statistics ==
 
== Orbital Statistics ==
Mohosynchronous and semi-synchronous orbits are not possible — they would require altitudes  of {{OrbitAltitude | period_s=1210000 | mass_kg=2.53e21 | radius_km=250 }} and {{OrbitAltitude | period_s=605000 | mass_kg=2.53e21 | radius_km=250 }} respectively, outside of Moho's sphere of influence.
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Mohosynchronous and semi-synchronous orbits are impossible — they would require altitudes  of {{OrbitAltitude | period_s=1210000 | mass_kg=2.53e21 | radius_km=250 }} and {{OrbitAltitude | period_s=605000 | mass_kg=2.53e21 | radius_km=250 }} respectively, both of which are beyond Moho's sphere of influence.
  
 
== Reference Frames ==
 
== Reference Frames ==
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Moho is the Kerbol System Mercury analog.
 
Moho is the Kerbol System Mercury analog.
  
* Moho and Mercury share a similar, cratered landscape, similar to most bodies with little to no atmosphere. They are both the closest planet to their respective Sun, and neither has a natural satellite.
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* Moho, Mercury, and most bodies with little to no atmosphere share a similar, cratered landscape. Moho and Mercury are both the closest planets to their respective stars lack natural satellites.
* Unlike Mercury, Moho has a brown texture while Mercury itself has a grey to dark grey color. In addition, Mercury has a very tenuous atmosphere, whereas Moho has no atmosphere.
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* Moho has a brown texture, but Mercury is grey to dark grey. In addition, Mercury has a very tenuous atmosphere, but Moho has no atmosphere.
  
 
== Gallery ==
 
== Gallery ==

Revision as of 01:41, 29 August 2013

Moho/Data

Moho is the innermost planet of the Kerbol star system and the Mercury analogue for Kerbal Space Program. It resembles Dres and Eeloo by lacking an atmosphere or natural satellites. As of 0.18, it is no longer tidally locked to Kerbol.

Moho's slightly inclined and eccentric orbit, lack of atmosphere (for aerobraking) and moons (for gravity assists) impede encountering and orbital capture.

Topography

Moho's surface ranges from light brown highlands to dark brown Maria. Its heavy cratering, though less than that of the moons of Kerbin and Jool, suggests erosion. Tidal friction with Kerbol most likely causes airless Moho's erosion by inducing volcanic periods that fill craters. The volcanism of Moho being removed in 0.18 proves that Moho's volcanism is periodic because Moho's volcanism--which likely occurs on a geological timescale--must have been discovered just before Moho stopped being volcanic.

Moho has two very deep wells at its geographic north and south poles. Current analysis and probe exploration have revealed the north crater to be more than five kilometers deep; however, the probe crashed into the ever narrowing canyon walls before reaching the very bottom. These craters may be dormant volcanic tubes. Further analysis of the canyon walls is needed for a final answer. These holes, often called Moholes, may be a reference to Project Mohole.

Orbital Statistics

Mohosynchronous and semi-synchronous orbits are impossible — they would require altitudes of 0.00 m and 0.00 m respectively, both of which are beyond Moho's sphere of influence.

Reference Frames

Time warp Minimum Altitude
Any
5× 10 000 m
10× 10 000 m
50× 30 000 m
100× 50 000 m
1 000× 100 000 m
10 000× 200 000 m
100 000× 300 000 m


Solar System Counterpart

Moho is the Kerbol System Mercury analog.

  • Moho, Mercury, and most bodies with little to no atmosphere share a similar, cratered landscape. Moho and Mercury are both the closest planets to their respective stars lack natural satellites.
  • Moho has a brown texture, but Mercury is grey to dark grey. In addition, Mercury has a very tenuous atmosphere, but Moho has no atmosphere.

Gallery

Changes

0.21
  • New, procedurally generated, textures added, with higher detail craters.
0.18
  • Entirely changed more cratered surface.
  • Color changed from red to brown.
  • No more superheated atmosphere.
  • No longer tidally locked.
  • Mass reduced.
0.17
  • Initial Release

Notes

  • Moho is also the name for the outermost layer of molten rock that makes up the mantle (that layer was the target of Project Mohole). It may have been named by Kerbal astronomers who, according to its in-game description, believed it to be flowing with rivers and oceans of lava.