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Explorers gallery 2021 – Moon Camp Challenge
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Moon Camp Explorers Gallery 2020-2021

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: St. Peter’s

St. Peter’s Primary School  Paisley    United Kingdom 12, 11
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Project description

Our Moon Base is named Camp Neil Armstrong in memory of Neil Armstrong the first man on the moon. Our base would be built by rovers and landers with drills and special tools and some modules being sent directly before humans arrive. The base would mainly be underground with only the green house and rover dock above ground. This would protect astronauts from radiation.

The base would be able to accommodate up to 15 astronauts with its original design and maybe more if more modules are added in the future. Our base is mainly for studying the moon, studying the stars through the John F. Kennedy telescope and trying out new technologies that could be used on Mars. Astronauts would get to our base with a lander called the Michael Collins lander in memory of Michael Collins, one of the astronauts who flew on Apollo 11,  which is a paraboloid shape with a soft bouncy ring of inflated material around it (this would inflate 1 KM from the surface of the moon) which would cushion the fall if there is any problem landing. The lander would land on a Landing Pad with retro rockets and would be moved away, for storage, by rovers. The lander would also take off from the same pad to get back to earth and it would use another landing pad to land there. Astronauts would explore the moon on Buzz Aldrin Rovers, named after the second astronaut on the moon.

Where do you want to build your Moon Camp?
South Pole–Aitken Basin
Why did you choose this location?

We chose this location because it is a crater which would protect Astronauts from radiation and because it is one of the warmest places on the moon (-13.15 degrees centigrade). It also has underground ice which we could turn into water.

How do you plan to build your Moon Camp? Which materials would you use?

Rovers would build the underground part of the base from steel. They would drill tunnels and rooms and then place heated steel to form a wall. The steel would then harden because of the cold. The Rover Dock, Moon Walk Preparation Room and Air Lock would also be built of steel, but each part would be lowered to the ground by a Sky Crane and would be assembled to the rest of the base by rovers. The green house would be made of Poly(methyl methacrylate), which is lightweight and transparent.

We would protect astronauts from the extreme weather and radiation on the moon by keeping them underground most of the time, we would keep them warm by having lots of heaters, and we would keep them safe when in a Buzz Aldrin Rover by making the rovers out of aluminum and having an oxygen tank on board and when on a space walk they would wear suits made out of nylon and ortho-fabric and each suit would have a lightweight air tank on their back. When the astronauts are on board an Michael Collins lander we would protect them by making the lander out of multiple layers of aluminum and have an oxygen tank that would have oxygen for two weeks. They would also have enough food and water for the same amount of time because if there is a problem it would give the space agency running Camp Neil Armstrong enough time to launch a rescue rocket. The landers are reusable and the agency launching them would keep some in reserve all the time.

Explain how your Moon Camp will provide the astronauts with:

We would get water from underground reserves. The ice would be heated in a tube then filtered and taken to a tank. We would also recycle all the waste water on the camp by passing it through the same filtration system as the underground ice.

We would grow food in the green house. The plants would also produce Oxygen for air. We would also get some food delivered on the M. Collins Landers.

We would get electricity from numerous Solar Panels and a Nuclear Reactor. The amount of electricity the Solar Panels would need to generate would be calculated by multiplying how much electricity every astronaut needs by how many astronauts can be on the base at any one time plus the amount of energy needed by plants, lights, filters, heating, rovers and landers minus the amount of energy produced by the nuclear reactor

We would get oxygen from the plants in the green house. We would also separate some of the water to create Hydrogen and Oxygen for the astronauts to breath in and we would also recycle some of the used air by filtering it. Some air would also be delivered by the M. Collins Landers.

Describe a day on the Moon for one of your Moon Camp astronauts

Our Moon Camp would follow UTC time which is the equivalent of GMT. The astronauts would wake up at 7:30 in the morning. They would brush their teeth, have a shower and get dressed before they do one hour of exercise in the gymnasium and then they would get to work. Almost every astronaut would have one day and night per week in mission control, located in the rover dock, to guide landers to the landing pad and rovers back to the dock. Some astronauts will do their job every day like medics, who look after sick astronauts, and biologists, who tend to and study the plants in the greenhouse. When astronauts are not in mission control they will be studying in the lab, studying the universe in the John F. Kennedy Observatory (with the John F. Kennedy telescope), preparing rovers and landers for travel or testing new technologies for Mars. Every astronaut will get out of the base at least once on their mission. They will either be moving or rescuing landers on rovers, going on a moon walk or going to pick up rock samples from far away with a rover. Everyone except astronauts in Mission Control, who stop at midnight, and medics, who stop when their patients are feeling better or another medic comes to replace them, finish at 9:00 in the evening when they can phone family and friends or watch a movie in the living spaces. All astronauts who stop at 9:00 PM must be asleep by 11:00 PM. All astronauts except mission control, medics or biologists, get Saturday and Sunday off except if they are going home on the lander on any of the two days. If astronauts are sick they can take the day off while the medics take care of them.

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