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.
Most of the Moon Camp is located underground for protection. The camp consists of multiple different smaller sections connected together, so that if one part of the base were to malfunction and become uninhabitable, it could be closed off before it’s repaired. Each building is shaped like a dome, except for the sleeping quarters, which are connected to the sitting/dining area, and the greenhouse. There is an exercise room, a room for researching and experimenting, a bathroom, a sleeping area, and a dining area, as well as a greenhouse and solar panels. The greenhouse and the solar panels are the only structures not entirely underground.
Where do you want to build your Moon Camp?
Lunar lava tubes
Why did you choose this location?
The camp will be located underground to protect it from solar radiation, meteor strikes and extreme temperatures. It will also make use of the existing lava tubes.
How do you plan to build your Moon Camp? Which materials would you use?
The base will be mainly made out of strong materials such as metal and plastic. There will not be any windows, as the base is underground, so there’s no need for any. The base will be insulted against extreme temperatures, and radiation, as well.
Explain how your Moon Camp will provide the astronauts with:
A tank outside of the base will store water for the astronauts. The water will also be filtered after use, so it can be reused.
A greenhouse for plants can provide them with food. While food can also be with the astronauts from Earth, plants can be grown sustainably in the greenhouse for them to eat.
There are solar panels located outside of the base, on the surface of the moon. They are connected to the base, providing power from the sun.
The air will be filtered, leaving only non-toxic gases, such as oxygen, for the astronauts to breathe. An air filtration device is connected to each main building of the base.
Describe a day on the Moon for one of your Moon Camp astronauts
First, an astronaut would wake up in the sleeping quarters, and continue into the dining area above them to eat breakfast. They would also go to the gym area to work out, keeping them fit in the lower gravity of the moon. They would also be doing research and experiments about the moon. This might mean different things for different astronauts each day. Someone might tend to the plants in the greenhouse if necessary or take some for research and experimenting, another might collect samples from the surface of the moon and bring them back in for research. The research area can be used for experiments as well as communicating the results of them back to Earth through the computer. Astronauts would stop to eat again for lunch and dinner, before returning to the sleeping quarters at night.
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