The first step is to arrive on Lunar Colony Island via the blimp. Run all the way to the right and go to Mission Control. Enter the Poptropica Academy for Space Exploration building (PASE – a parody of NASA). Talk to the old guy. Then a flight director will come in and ask you to find something for the astronaut’s stomach.
Exit the building and go back left to where you came from (Cape Carpenter on the Map). The astronaut’s table now only has a lone bottle of Ginger Ale for you to take. Now go back right to Mission Control and head straight to the elevator. Push the down button and the elevator will quickly arrive in front of you. Hop on and push the up button and up, up, up you go to the spaceship.
There’s a sick astronaut in the spaceship. Give him the Ginger Ale, and he’ll feel better. He leaves the ship and locks you in. Pick up the mic on the right and flight director will talk to you. You don’t know how to fly a spaceship, but don’t worry, he’ll give you instructions. Sit tight ’cause this is gonna be a bumpy ride!
In the Spaceship
You first have to adjust the booster rockets. Set each to 4,150 pounds of thrust. Fuel tank 1 running low. When it reaches 5%, activate fuel tank 2 and release fuel tank 1.
To clear the earth’s atmosphere, use the steering mechanism to adjust your angle to 112 degrees. Release the second fuel tank and enjoy the view. Space sure is beautiful. If I were in space, I would go to the moon.
Among the Asteroids in Outer Space
Ahh! Asteroids! Don’t let them destroy the ship! Your next step is to guide the ship to the moon base. To navigate, move the cursor up and down in the direction you want your spaceship to move. Of course, remember to watch out for asteroids! Very scary.
It turns out that the first asteroid had damaged your fuel tank! Get the toolkit out and go over to the damaged part at the bottom of the spaceship and spread glue all over it. There, that should do the trick.
Use the cursor to rotate the lunar lander and hold the mouse button to use the boost. Keep your speed and angle under control and make sure to land on the landing site. Now you are on the moon. Go right from the landing zone and open the airlock system. Enter the Vehicle Bay.
Go up to the open locker in the center to take the Operator’s Manual, then leave. (Fun fact: GatOS from the manual’s cover is a reference to GLaDOS from the Portal games.)
Go inside the Crew Barracks and collect the Notebook on bed 8. Take out your manual and find the code for Reboot. Type the code on the computer, which is on the floor above. The buttons in order are: second row right, third row left, second row left, and finally fourth row right. It will reboot. Drag the blue lever up to “Open.” Close when it says the inner airlock door is opened.
Optional: You can also get Salerno’s Photo Album by clicking on the open storage space near the bed with the Notebook. It’s a scrapbook you can flip through.
Go back to the Vehicle Bay, where you got the Operator’s Manual. Test the doors, then go up to the top platform and click on the button with a sun on it. The ceiling will open to let in some sunlight. Adjust the lights to the vehicle (rover) at the bottom by dragging the solar panels around the room to shine a light in the direction of another panel, until the light reaches the rover.
The rover will then charge up, so hop in the rover and get out of the building. You can use this vehicle to drive around the surface of the moon! Tip: When driving, click to jump.
Drive to the Research Laboratory. To you left, you’ll see a meteor blocking the entrance. You’ll need to get it out by taking the hook on the back of your rover and connecting it to the meteor. The rover will then pull away and the meteor will be moved, allowing you to enter the lab.
Enter the laboratory and go to the eye-color changing station on the right. When you are in the eye-color changing station, you can choose any eye-color you want, and your eyes will change to that color. According to the research machine, purple eyes will allow you to bypass eye scans, which you will need later, so make sure to change your eye color to purple.
At the top of the Research Laboratory, you’ll find the experimental pressure chamber. Hop in and set the dial to High. You’ll end up looking flat like a pancake, but only for a short period of time. This allows you to squeeze through the tiny gap on the bottom left, where you’ll need to jump over the blocks. Enter through the door to the Infirmary.
You’re now in a circular maze. Click on the hose to walk around with it, but be warned, you only have a limited amount of hose before you run out. The blue-purple markings can be passed through, while the gray-green is solid wall you can’t go through. Take the hose and jump up to the blue-purple on the left, then the one on the top left, top center, walk to the trash can and jump up, pass the orange seat and go left, go past the blue oval through the right, drop down past a blue circle, and you’ll be in the maintenance shaft.
Put the hose to the exhaust pipe, and out pops the Locator Device from the vent on the right! Pick it up, then exit through the Bio-Waste door on the left. Now leave the building on your rover, and a little red dot will appear on the bottom left of the locator device, indicating that Salerno is inside the Bio Dome. Go there.
Drive to the Bio Dome, and when you get there, you will be floating in zero gravity. Float over to the emergency cork dispenser and grab a cork. Click on the cork to carry it. Find the open pipe above and click on it to block it with the cork. Do the same for all the open pipes. Watch out for the wind they blow, which can send you and your cork blowing away.
Once you’ve blocked all the pipes, float to the ceiling and climb up the ladder. There’s a pair of feet dangling to your upper right, and you’ll need to click on them to get Salerno out of hiding. She’ll say she can’t go home yet because she is so close to finding the last alien structure. She’ll refuse to come with you and will escape. Pick up the Key Card in the lower right corner and leave the Bio Dome.
You’ll chase Salerno’s rover all the way to the Rock Laboratory. At the entrance, you’ll need to scan your eyes, and if they are purple, you will be granted access! Enter the lab. Set up the movable floors as you go up and feel free to check out the many experimental moon rock stations just for fun (animated gifs courtesy of Poptropica artist Nasan Hardcastle):
The Purification Station…
…and Granulization Station.
Whoa! Lots of stations there. When you reach the top, go right and enter through the door.
Rock Laboratory Vehicle Bay
It turns out Salerno has attached her locator device to a robot! You’ll get the message: Gave you the slip, huh? She’s a crafty one. Look around the lab a bit. You might still find something of use. Climb up to the top and uncover the masked item, which is a Geiger Counter! Then the rover comes for you, but you can’t push it over the edge because you don’t want to break it. Go over to the poles and push one down to create a ramp. Push the Geiger Counter down to the ramp and exit with the rover.
Now the red dot is in your upper left and when you drive there, there will be a purple thing lying on the ground. Click to examine it, and at this new location, take the hook from the back of your rover and attach it to the alien object, like you did with the meteor blocking the way to the research lab. This purple alien rock structure will grow into a tall monolith and shine a purple beam.
Climb back into your rover and follow the purple beam and you’ll soon find a red beam forming an X with it. Click to enter at the midpoint.
Walk over to the little mound where the lights cross, and Salerno will come over. She tries to dig there, and the ground starts shaking. Then it breaks and you both fall in!
Something opens and you follow the path with Salerno behind you. You come across a picture and Salerno does not know if it’s safe or not, but it’s too late to turn back! There’s a switch on the right, so go over and click to see what it does. The ground starts shaking and the circle turns out to be a portal to the alien world. Salerno insists on going, so she leaves through the portal, but the flight director takes you home.
You’ll arrive back on earth in the PASE building, and the girl in the ponytail will tell you that Salerno never stopped exploring and the old guy gets a transmission! He plays it on the screen, showing Salerno holding a sign that says “Mission Accomplished”! She really did it!
Director McNabb comes in and gives you the island medallion and credits for the Poptropica Store. Congratulations fine astronaut, you have completed your mission on Lunar Colony Island!
For Poptropica members only, you’ll get to play a bonus quest where you’ll get to work with Alan Turing, a computer scientist (though in real life, he already died back in 1954!). Anyway, PASE has gotten another signal from Salerno, but they can’t decode the message and think the retired Alan Turing can help. You’ll receive the Alien Codes.
Go to Cape Carpenter, which is on the left of Mission Control on the map, and when you arrive in front of the Final Frontier Gift Shop (the common room for this island), take the bus to Shady Pines Retirement Village. Click on the door to the right to examine the names of the residents. You won’t see Alan Turing’s name right away, so you’ll need to decode it. It is simply an anagram, so click on the name with the exact same letters as “Alan Turing” until it is rearranged to spell out his real identity. (Tip: It may be something like “Grant Luina.”) When you find it, click the button next to it (3A).
Alan agrees to help, and both of you will go back to Mission Control. He tells you that the letters on the slide rule are in a pattern based on the frequency the message came in on. First you choose a letter on the slide rule, for instance “A.” Then click on a space in the cipher pattern to reveal a possible place where “A” is in the message. Arranging the letters on a cipher in an elementary pattern should reveal the message.
So locate “A” on the slide rule and click on the first section of the cipher (looks like a tic-tac-toe). Then find “B” on the slide rule and click on the section next to A, and so on and so forth for the entire alphabet. At the letter J you move on to the next cipher pattern (looks like an X) and continue to place letters. As you locate what each letter should look like when it is decoded, the message will start decoding. Eventually you will have decoded the message.
But that’s just one! The next message will then be printed, and you’ll need to start the decoding process again, for a total of three times. Don’t worry, you get a break in between messages to admire the alien transmission you’ve uncovered. Spoilers below for the messages:
- fourteen minutes thirty-nine seconds / right ascension / minus sixty degrees / fifty minutes declination
- five hours fifty-five minutes / right ascension / seven degrees / twenty-four minutes declination
- two minutes thirty-one seconds / right ascension / eighty-nine degrees / fifteen minutes declination
Congratulations, you have completed the bonus quest for Lunar Colony Island. Head back to the blimp on Main Street to visit other islands and begin new adventures. To infinity and beyond!
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