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 will be placed in a lava tunnel at the South Pole near Shakelton Crater. When we arrive on the Moon, we will build the surface buildings on top of the lava tunnel which will first serve as a dwelling, then they will serve as a reserve when we have built the base in the tunnel. We will dig a hole with a drill and put bearings in it every 1.5 meters. This hole will serve as a link between the base and the reserve. _ In the base there will be a very large room. There will be a gym. A place to sleep.
For the protein we will make an insect breeding. We will use locusts, crickets and flour worms. You will need two plastic ferry with holes on the top for aeration for each species: one for the breeding and one for the nursery because the insects eat the eggs and their offspring. For the vegetables they will grow wheat, peas and salads. They’ll eat freeze-dried food.
On the rooftops of the reserve there will be solar panels that will produce energy.
The materials that will build our base will be regolith, the lunar soil.
There will be a communications base with Earth above the reserve. Astronauts will study the temperature and other things on the Moon using sensors, devices that they have placed on or in the Moon.
Where do you want to build your Moon Camp?
Lunar lava tubes
Why did you choose this location?
We chose this location because there is space: 300m wide and 40m deep. In addition, the temperature is more pleasant there than on the surface. It is -20 degrees Celsius. The lava tunnel protects the base from the harsh weather conditions of the Moon such as solar rays and meteorites. You have to place the base on a pole to the south because the sun is always there so you could put greenhouses. The temperature is -50 degrees to 0 degrees.
How do you plan to build your Mooncamp? Which materials will you use?
The base will be in a lava tunnel so the materials won’t need to protect the astronauts. The supply and the communication center will require solid materials. We will bring in a second rocket the materials we need to start building our base. The rest of the base will then be printed with the lunar ground using a giant printer. Thanks to the 3D printer and the debris that we leave from the old missions on the Moon, we can repair them and use them for the base.
Water: 2 litres of water are required per person per day. You have to bring some to get some to start with before you extract it at the poles. The ISS recycling system can be used and airlocks can be used to limit water leakage.
Growing food in closed greenhouses in fertile soil. On the poles there is enough sunshine. Astronauts will eat freeze-dried foods such as scrambled eggs, carrots, tortillas, etc.
1 lunar day = 14 days on Earth. Combustion cells are used to store energy. A recharged battery can do 17 days of power. The batteries will be placed at the edge of Shakelton crater where there is every time the sunshine. We’ll need a rover to move the batteries.
Algae will be used. With 8 m2 of algae per person per day we will have enough oxygen. We can also use the lunar soil, which is a regolith. You have to heat the ground, then filter the oxygen and store it.
Protection will not be required because our base will be in a lava tunnel.
Describe a day on the Moon for one of your Moon Camp astronauts
The lunar day begins at 7 terrestrial hours. The astronaut gets up, they have lunch. After that, he does sports for 1 hour, then he goes back to the surface to harvest the fruits and vegetables that are in the greenhouses. Otherwise, he collects pieces from the lunar ground and then puts them in the reserve (the building that connects the surface to the base). In the meantime, he returns to the base to eat. He rests a little or re-exercises (2 hours a day minimum). Then he fetches the fuel cells that are recharged and brings them back to the storage room. All the movements made by astronauts are made by rover. Then he returns to do experiments on the moon as one observes the Earth when possible or other planets, stars, etc. from the communication center where devices such as telescopes are located.
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