Kerbal Space Program 1.0 lifts off today

It's been a long journey filled with exploration, preparation, and the occasionally Kerbal casualty. But the final version of Kerbal Space Program is lifting off today.

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Kerbal Space Program has been travelling through the Steam Early Access cosmos for a long while, but that journey has officially come to an end. Now Squad is embarking on a new mission, one that is seeing KSP officially launch today.

For the uninitiated, Kerbal Space Program sees players building a space program and exploring the vast emptiness of the cosmos. The 1.0 launch update offers much from its previous Steam Early Access incarnation, including overhauled flight models that calculates lift in new ways, new heating simulation systems, fairing construction, and a new resource mining feature that allows Kerbals to mine surfaces for precious resources. The full explanation for these new additions can be found on the Steam Announcements page.

Kerbal Space Program is available in its full 1.0 incarnation on Steam, though its new completed state now carries a more premium $39.99 price tag, $10 more than its old Early Access price. However, for this week only, Squad is offering the old $29.99 price tag. For those looking for an easier time shifting into the KSP atmosphere, Chatty poster and frequent KSP-TV contributor Greg "OverloadUT" Laabs offered up a comprehensive list of KSP mods not too long ago.

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