So Ashley finally got around to buying a steampunk rocket (5000) and building it took him two or three half- days of pretty solid effort. But at last it was complete and he was ready to go into space.
His requirement was 5 space flights or upgrades to advance to the next and final level of his Nerd aspiration. His first flight was less than ideal – he got space sick and in his delirium he thought he was running out of oxygen and then gathered a bunch of space junk. The next day he went up again since he was still three days away from going back to work. This time he captured an alien specimen. Wouldn’t be awesome if he could meet real aliens and get pregnant in a future DLC? Instead he brought back a green slug.
Ashley then decided it was time to upgrade his rocket. He upgraded the fuel tanks thinking this might make future missions last longer. I can’t say if it did. The next mission ended abruptly when he refused to open a derelict spaceship and instead just mined the outside for parts. There was no next stage to that mission just go up and then come down. His last mission was to the moon but since he hadn’t upgraded the landing equipment he just flew around it staring at the moon and came back down. I think he flew around it for quite a while, but no other story popups appeared so it was uneventful.
Although the next day, while Ashley was at work, the rocket got another quick trip to space and back.