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.
To be able to build a lunar base for astronauts, it is necessary to meet essential needs for man but it will be necessary to face several constraints… Our lunar base will be stationary, it will be located at the south pole of the Moon. In the shape of a half-sphere placed on a cylinder, it will be equipped with a pressurized airlock. Once inside the base, you will be able to access the greenhouse. In it, there will be fruits and vegetables. To go up to the floors, the astronauts will simply jump. On this floor will be the astronauts’ offices and a laboratory. On the 2nd floor, astronauts will have access to a kitchen, a dining room, a library and a laundry room. On the 3rd floor, they will have access to their cabins (“bedroom” and bathroom) Finally, 4th to the top floor: swimming pool, gym and communication room. Solar panels will be installed at several locations on the base. The base will be protected by a large dome supported by pillars.
Where do you want to build your Moon Camp?
Close to the lunar poles
Why did you choose this location?
We chose the location of the south pole because, instead of reaching temperatures of 123°C to -233°C, the temperatures there rather vary around 0 to -50°C, a much more pleasant temperature for our two astronauts. In addition, they will have a view of an endless sunset. The south pole includes a region with edges of craters exposed to almost constant lighting, hence the choice of placing the base there. At the south pole of the Moon there is water ice in craters of darkness, these craters never receive light, so there is always water there.
How do you plan to build your Mooncamp? Which materials will you use?
We plan to build our lunar base using mostly elements found on the Moon. Indeed, following the passages of other astronauts, we will be able to find many materials left behind. As for the rest, we will bring them from Earth using a rocket to carry everything. Materials brought from Earth will be iron that is extremely strong and resistant against meteorites as well as glass and plastic that is also extremely resistant and of very high quality. Some materials will also be biodegradable. For the construction of the base, we will send construction vehicles to be able to assemble all the parts.
Water will be sucked in from the black ice craters through large tubes connected to the lunar base.
These tubes will provide all the water to the lunar base and to save it, a treatment plant will be present outside the base.
Food preparation will be done in the greenhouse.
It will grow beets, radishes, tomatoes, strawberries and many other relatively fast growing foods.
They will be in the same greenhouse as the plants that will provide oxygen.
We will bring some seeds and plants of each food from the Earth and that will be enough.
In case of insufficiency, there will of course be the usual freeze-dried foods.
Solar panels will recharge fuel cells at several locations on the Moon.
When the batteries are empty, robots will bring them from the base to solar panels placed in several places on the Moon so that there is always at least one lit by the sun.
The robot can also use this energy to recharge itself.
For the return, he will take the charged batteries, deposited during a previous trip, and bring them to the base.
For the air, we will simply use fruits and vegetables planted on about 30 m2 (photosynthesis).
To protect against meteorites, we will need resistant and waterproof materials to make a dome on pillars all around the base.
This dome will therefore be the protective dome, it will be built in spare parts of Gorilla Glass (extremely resistant glass).
Describe a day on the Moon for one of your Moon Camp astronauts
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