In Moon Camp Explorers each team’s mission is to 3D design a complete Moon Camp using Tinkercad. They also have to explain how they will use local resources, protect astronauts from the dangerous of space and describe the living and working facilities.
Team: Sky-Crescent Team
Uşak Science and Art Center Uşak Turkey 12, 13 Second Place – Non-ESA Member statesExternal link for 3d
We called our moon camp “Cappadocia”. The reason for this is that we were inspired by the underground city of Derinkuyu when designing our camp. Its located in Turkey’s Cappadocia region. Derinkuyu has a history dating back to 3000 BC. Its first natives are thought to have been Assyrian colonies. Derinkuyu has a ventilation system, a water source where tens of thousands of people can live without ever going out. Since creating such an underground city required very advanced technology at this time, claims have been made that the city may have been built by aliens. Our camp is designed so that six astronauts can live and do their work. Astronauts, the term of office is six months, and astronauts whose term of office has expired will return to earth, new astronauts will be replaced. Camp is built underground. Special security measures have been taken for the remaining sections and units on the ground. The camp is designed to be self-sufficient. But some of the necessary parts and materials will be brought from Earth. Our camp has a vegetable growing greenhouse and oxygen production greenhouse. In these greenhouses, landless agriculture trials are carried out. But to make sustainable production in lunar conditions, we want to research plant species that live in lower gravity conditions, love regolith soil structure and grow with organic waste. In addition, we want to examine the biological structures and microorganisms found on the moon; we want to investigate the geological and archaeological structure of the Moon.
Where do you want to build your Moon Camp?
Close to the Lunar Poles
Why did you choose this location?
The reason for this is that temperature values in the southern hemisphere of the Moon are more suitable for living. There is also a smaller difference between night and day temperature in this hemisphere. Recent research has found that there is water in the crater of Clavius, located in the southern hemisphere of the Moon. It is important to have a stable source of sunlight that will allow us to put photovoltaic solar panels on top of the crater where we choose. The southern hemisphere is suitable for this. Also sunlight is required to grow plants on the Moon.
How do you plan to build your Moon Camp? Which materials would you use?
. The outer units forming the camp will be placed inside the crater. Living and working areas that will meet all the vital needs of astronauts, such as housing, nutrition, work, and safety, will be built under the hills surrounding the criterion (underground). Rooms built underground are connected by corridors and ventilation channels. The camp has two entrances. The outer sections of the entrances are protected by metal domes. The ceilings of the oxygen production greenhouse and vegetable growing room will be constructed of transparent aerogel doped and shockproof glass material. Engineering calculations will be made to support the weight of the underground habitat. According to these calculations, bearing columns and beams will be placed in certain areas.
Explain how your Moon Camp will provide the astronauts with:
Water: We’ll look for liquid water near the crater. If there is no liquid water or not enough, we will gain water from ice deposits located underground. We designed a system for this. Water stocks that will be brought from Earth will be used until the systems are installed and start working.
Food: We’ll meet our food needs from ready-made supplies to be sent from Earth and the plants we’ve planted on the Moon.
Electricity: The camp’s electrical energy needs will be met by solar panels. It will be produced by a mini-fusion reactor powered by helium-3 if the energy obtained by solar panels is insufficient.
Air: Oxygen needs outside the camp will be provided by oxygen tubes located in the clothing rooms at the entrances of the camp. In the living areas, oxygen production will be provided from our greenhouse and vegetable growing room with oxygen needs will be provided. The produced Oxygen will be transported to all living areas by ventilation pipes. The rooms will have sensors that measure air quality. If the oxygen level falls below the critical level in the living areas, oxygen will be produced by electroplating water with an electrolysis system. The oxygen produced will be supplied to the ventilation system.
Describe a day on the Moon for one of your Moon Camp astronauts
Time in our camp will be monitored according to the London time (UTC) system. The crew’s general schedule is as follows: the crew leaves at 06.00 in the morning. Astronauts have an hour’s time for morning work and breakfast. Astronauts check the base from 07.00 to 08.30 and make their daily plans. Then, they need to exercise for an hour. Between 09.30 and 12.30, they conduct studies related to their areas of expertise. At 12.30 there is an hour-and-a-half break for lunch and rest. They do lunch preparation and daily chores in order. For this, they create a weekly table. From 14.00 to 18.00, astronauts continue their works. Dinner is eaten at 18.00. Free time events are held between 19.00 and 20.30 hours. Evening exercise is held between 20.30 and 21.00. Astronauts do evening cleaning at 21.00 and they go to bed at 21.45. Astronauts conduct camp inspections before bed. As with the ISS system, Saturday is the day of routine cleaning and camping. Sunday is a holiday for astronauts. Job assignments and job descriptions vary according to astronauts skills. Astronauts’ working hours and densities are also flexible according to their job description. For example, a biologist may spend more time than a doctor when necessary or it could be the exact opposite. A biologist’s work will be mainly in the Yesil House and biology lab. A rocket engineer is responsible for the rockets and the air defense system. All astronauts have job descriptions and areas of study according to their specialty.
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