Year 5, Day 301.
We have not heard from either kerbal in nearly two years.
Promotions: Jorrie (Scientist⭐️⭐️), Natalin (Scientist⭐️⭐️)
Unfortunately, the news of Jordie's and Natalin's rescues have not been so well received everywhere. A lot of questions are being raised... why were they stranded? Why weren't they rescued sooner? How did they survive? Are they actually alive?
The questions have even encompassed the whole program. When are we getting to Duna? All we've done there is a single fly-by. We haven't even sent any kerbals outside Kerbin's SOI. Our limited budget has us wasting time on money grubbing rescue missions instead of performing research or deploying infrastructure.
Our scientists say that the research being performed on our moon stations will allow us to build craft capable of sustaining our crew for a three year mission in time for the year 7 transfer. Unfortunately, this doesn't allow an ahead-of-time supply mission if we're going to make it to Duna before year 10.
Given these circumstances, we've been directed to focus solely on achieving our goal of reaching Duna, ASAP. It's clear we won't be able to deploy a permanent settlement, but we should be able to pull off an orbit-and-return mission, as well as a few extended duration landings on Ike.
However, we need to demonstrate real progress soon, and fast, otherwise our entire program may be cancelled.