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.
This is our moon camp. It is composed of five areas: the sleeping area; the toilet and personal hygiene area; the greenhouse; the living room; and the working area. The second and fourth areas also serve as a connection between the other three. The moon camp can accommodate two astronauts.
Where do you want to build your Moon Camp?
Close to the Lunar Poles
Why did you choose this location?
We chose the Mare Humorum area because it is located close to the lunar south pole, where ice has been found. The area is protected by mountains.
How do you plan to build your Moon Camp? Which materials would you use?
Multilayer panels would be used for the walls and ceilings. The internal layer would be made of gold fibre; the external layer of aluminium; and the middle layer of lightweight steel. The idea would be to dismantle one of the spacecraft’s modules and use the different pieces to build the moon camp, as in a 2-in-1 building set. Two solar panels would be mounted. A nylon net would be assembled and fixed using nylon tape. Nylon nets are used in naval aviation to decelerate aircrafts or catch landing gear; here, the nylon net would be used to protect against meteorites.
Explain how your Moon Camp will provide the astronauts with:
Water could be filtered from urine. In case of emergency, attempts would be made to thaw the ice found on the lunar south pole. If any forms of life would be discovered, which depended on water for survival, their methods of water extraction would be investigated.
Food would be supplied from Earth by a space shuttle. In addition, vegetables would be grown in the greenhouse.
Energy would be obtained from the solar panels.
Filters would be used to recycle air inside the moon camp so that it would be breathable.
Describe a day on the Moon for one of your Moon Camp astronauts
The two astronauts would wake up at 7:00 AM GMT. After looking after personal hygiene and having a protein-rich breakfast, they would check all sensors and do 1 hour of physical exercise. At 9:00 AM, they would start working in the greenhouse and working area. At 11:00 AM, they would have a snack, followed by a moon walk. At 12:00 PM, they would eat lunch, do another hour of physical exercise, and relax. At 1:00 PM, they would start performing scientific experiments. At 4:00, they would have a snack and clean the moon camp. Then, they would establish connection with Earth. At 7:00 PM, they would have dinner, chat, and then go to sleep.
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