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.
Our base is mainly an automatic base, which can support 2 astronauts for a period of 4 months, without problems. It will not be able to be built immediately, but we believe that, in a period of 10 years, it could be put into operation. Our base provides astronauts with all the facilities they need to live, work and experiment. Astronauts can create almost any component needed using the 3D recycling and printing system. They can do extra-vehicular activities, perform more experiments in the lunar environment and observe the stars at night thanks to the remote-controlled telescope. Because safety comes first, there is a station in orbit that contains 2 other astronauts, ready to intervene. This base is just the beginning of a much larger base.
Where do you want to build your Moon Camp?
Close to the Lunar Poles
Why did you choose this location?
Because the south pole of the moon, due to its inclination of 1.54 degrees, has certain areas that contain sunlight for considerable periods of time and permanently shaded craters full of ice from which rovers can extract and filter water for the operation of the base. The South Pole is also the most famous area on the Moon and the location of the base will be carefully chosen (near Shackleton Crater).
How do you plan to build your Moon Camp? Which materials would you use?
The construction will be done near Shackleton crater, by 3D rovers. The first module will be brought and placed in a flat area. An inflatable dome will be inflated, and 3D rovers, using monthly regulations, will print a shield over the dome, covering it completely. A new module will be brought and the process will be repeated. The greenhouse will be printed from special and super-resistant glass to protect the plants. All domes will be interconnected, solar panels will be installed, and the original module will function as an air block. Underground, the base will be printed from heliomatic polymer in lava tubes and pressurized.
Explain how your Moon Camp will provide the astronauts with:
A water resource will be brought from Earth, but most of it will be extracted by rovers from craters, filtered and sent to base. The base waste will be filtered and recycled exactly as on the ISS and will be reused. This process will ensure the operation of the base for a long time. The water will be stored underground.
Earth transports will bring rehydrated, compact and easy-to-serve food, which will be stored underground in the form of supplies. The seeds will be planted in the greenhouse and will be grown for food. Greenhouse plants will be able to provide enough vitamins and carbohydrates to astronauts to keep them healthy.
Most will be obtained from a fusion reactor and solar panels. The rocket and reactor will be fed by electrolysis of water, hydrogen and oxygen. The solar panels will be able to make enough energy in case the reactor has problems. In case of emergency there is a spare electric generator, located underground.
For astronauts to have breathable air, the main source of oxygen will be the electrolysis of water into hydrogen and oxygen. The 2 gases will be stored underground, safely. Greenhouse plants could make an important contribution by consuming CO2, releasing oxygen and eliminating pollutants such as ammonia from humans and the system.
Describe a day on the Moon for one of your Moon Camp astronauts
A normal day for the 2 astronauts at the base starts with waking up at 7 o’clock, London time. After waking up, the astronauts have an hour to serve breakfast, wash and get dressed. There is a 30-minute refreshment in the morning, which consists of warm-up and relaxation movements. After refreshment, the astronauts checked all the basic systems to make sure everything was in order and received from Earth the list of tasks to be performed today. They start preparing the experiments and everything they need that day. Weekly or when necessary from Earth, astronauts can perform extravehicular activities, either one or both. Between 12.00 and 13.00 is the lunch break, in which the astronauts eat what is recommended, then continue the experiments. Between 16.00 and 18.00 is the main training in which people run on the treadmill, pull dumbbells and do other important physical exercises. The experiments and work continue until 20.00, when the evening routine begins. The astronauts have dinner and then brush their teeth. They talk to their families and do the last inspection of the base, and during the remaining time they can play a game or relax watching a movie. Bedtime is at 22.00 and I sleep 9 hours until two days.
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