At the end of every mission you're given a total score that combines your scores for structural integrity and how centered you're on the landing pad minus any penalty points if you have any crashes.
The cut-off for a five star rating seems to be 95/100.
- On the first part, The Entry, the factors for determining your structural integrity score are a bit unclear. The key seems to be staying away from the edges, the turbulence doesn't damage you, it's the heat at the edges of the screen. When you stay central and it glows you'll hear the guy say "heat shields stabilizing", or "heat shields good". Those heat shields can absorb some of the heat damage the edge of the screen inflicts, but when they're depleted you take integrity damage. It was more important to quickly dart back to the middle after being hit by turbulence and regain some shield power than it was to try and stay within the circle all the time, making slight adjustments to your position whilst potentially taking heat damage.(Credit to Slam Shot Sam for this description of the first stage)
- The second stage, The Descent, means nothing to your final score as long as you make no more than four misses and crash.
- The third stage, The Landing, is all about landing safely in the center of the target zone. Start off by lining yourself up with what you think is the center as you won't be able to see the very center circle until your pretty low to the ground and as soon as you think you're there, level your thrusters and very slowly begin to lower your arms to begin the descent. Hopefully your guesstimate of the center was good because the more adjustment you have to make the harder it will become as the lander likes to swing wildly if you make to many corrections. One more tip I have is when the fuel gauge starts to flash and buzz DO NOT freak out and start trying to descent faster as you still have a decent amount of fuel left.
- Good Luck Everyone.