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The Mun appears to have quite a varied surface. Is there a particularly good spot for a first landing, i.e. where the ground is level and smooth?

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I didn't make many mun landings yet, but it appears to me like the craters are considerably more smooth than the rest, and they are perfectly level in the center. You should try to land on the side facing the sun - landing in the darkness is much more difficult. – Philipp Feb 18 '13 at 10:39
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  1. Do not go to the dark side. Seriously. Jebediah still remembers the day he only just escaped death. Unless you put some spotlights on (the really bright ones. Haven't tested it yet, but I assume it gives off enough light).

  2. The center of a crater is the best location for a level landing. Mountain tops tend to be less curvy than the rest of the moon surface, but there's always the chance of overshooting and having to land on a hillside.

  3. If you use Rover wheels instead of landing gear, you minimize the issues for landing on slanted terrain (tipping over <-> rolling away). Although it does require you to come down much more gently if I recall correctly.

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Extra note: The really bright spots are enough to light up the surface when landing, but it doesn't help you decide where to land. They'll only hit the surface when you're already nearing the end of your descent. – Flater Apr 8 '13 at 8:04

avoid the dark side. aim for the center of a crater unless your lander is equipped with wheels. even then, don't aim for slopes if you can help it.

be VERY mindful of lateral velocity and be sure you can kill it. otherwise no matter what craft you're using you are most likely going to rip off a strut and maybe your engine.

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To be honest, i don't find it difficult to land anywhere on the Mun, but craters are best, with high power lights aimed down, sun doesn't matter at all.

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Try the poles. Hard to find any sizeable patch of terrain there with less than 45 degree slope. – Thomas Nov 16 '13 at 1:29

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