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Andromeda 218
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Launch Statistics
Launched on: Ring 12, 7, 472 B.C.
Landed on: Ring 12, 19, 472 B.C.
Service/Command Module: Polaris

3,015 lb.
Houses 3

Planetary Module: Crux

2,045 lb.
Houses 2

Planet explored: Ceres
Directed by the: Andromeda Program
Crew statistics
Crew at launch:
Original crew:
Backup crew:
Recorded statistics
Proceeded by: Andromeda 205
Succeeded: Andromeda 220
Behind the Scenes
First Appearance:
Other Appearances:
Last Appearance:

Andromeda 218 was the last Andromeda mission before Chess Masters died.

CrewEdit

Final crewEdit

Name Position Status
Milhouse Van Houseman Commander Fifth spaceflight
James Bell Service Module Pilot Third spaceflight
Frank Johnson Planetary Module Pilot Fifth spaceflight

Original crewEdit

Name Position Status
Bart Sampson Commander Five spaceflights
James Bell Service Module Pilot Third spaceflight
Frank Johnson Planetary Module Pilot Fifth spaceflight

Backup crewEdit

Name Position Status
Milhouse Van Houseman Commander Fifth spaceflight
John Chase Service Module Pilot Two spaceflights
George Anderson Planetary Module Pilot Two spaceflights

This was the final crew of Andromeda 201

BackgroundEdit

LaunchEdit

Andromeda 218 launch

Andromeda 218 taking off from the Stygian spaceport

Andromeda 218 was originally intended to launch on Ring 7, 15, 472 B.C., but due to Bart Sampson's absence that day for the launch, the rocket stood idle. Chess Masters, enraged at Bart's wastefulness demanded his immediate removal from the program. Bart's name was scrubbed & he was to never be listed on the launch or backup crews in any future Andromeda missions. Milhouse Van Houseman, Bart's replacement, decided to go since he had no other choice unless he wanted to end up like Bart & not stick to his dream about discovering other planets. After a few months of training, Andromeda 218 lifted off from the Stygian spaceport on Ring 12, 7, 472 B.C.

LandingEdit

Andromeda 218's CSM, Polaris, docked with the PM Crux. After 4 days of traveling, Crux was jettisoned to land on Ceres. Narrowly hitting an asteroid on the way down to the planetoid, Crux landed. However, 7 hours later, Milhouse & Frank noticed that the gauge on the starboard O2 tank had hit 0, cutting the mission short on hours. The starboard tank had been fractured by the asteroid scrape, cutting off half of their oxygen, only allowing them 1 day & 4½ hours of life support in Crux. Needing to return to the CSM, the astronauts barely survived the wait for the 2 day revolution of the CM, cut short to 1 day & 4¼ hours.

ReturnEdit

Crux docked with Polaris & returned to Ceres. After 4 days of worry, Saturn came into view. The crew jettisoned the SM & prepared for reentry. James Bell worryed that cutting the revolution short made the SM lose too much power & vital oxygen. Had the disaster of Andromeda 203 happened, they would have died before reentry.

FutureEdit

Main article: Andromeda Program
Main article: Chess Masters

Andromeda 219 was intended to be another mission to land on Minerva or Ceres. However, the mission was scrapped due to money. Chess Masters, director of the program, however, died shortly after Andromeda 218's end the next year. On Ring 1, 12, 471 B.C., Chess Masters died of a heart attack in his sleep due to inhaling smoke & radon & other poisons that came from the Saturn V rocket of Andromeda 218. Masters was found by Jack Stewart, who decided to take over the program for Masters. The Andromeda Program continued for centurys, going from Andromeda 220 to Andromeda 250.


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