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 Moon base project will contain many spheres which will be linked to a big sphere in the center by SAS which will prevent parts of the water from escaping.Many little sphere will contain one room essentielle to the survive of astronauts ( bedroom, living room, waste, plantations, sport’s room ). The Moon base will be built near the lunar poles for many advantages. Spheres will be made of a few materials from the Earth as well as 3D materials printed in place. Many solutions are put in place in this Moon base answering the problems to live on the Moon like the aquaponic system creating food from fish, water recycling to meet the needs of the astronauts during his stay on the Moon, a combustion cell to obtain energy, a 3D printer for the materials creation as well as the recreation of waste (plastics, metals) and plantations who produce oxygen can also be eaten during a meal.
Where do you want to build your Moon Camp?
Close to the lunar poles
Why did you choose this location?
We chose this emplacement because the temperature is perfect (between -50° and 0°). The Sun is always present which is beneficial for food planting or the harvesting of water thanks to the presence of ice. This advantage also allows you to have many occupations during the day (go to find water near the base, enjoy outside, maintain the base or make improvements) because the sunlight is present throughout the day except on eclipse day where the day is shorter.
How do you plan to build your Mooncamp? Which materials will you use?
The Moon base can be built with a very big 3D printer from the lunar ground allowing to build the base structure in any form, but also thanks to the materials brought from the Earth. This 3D printer will also be used to craft some objects (bed, sofa…) or the re-creation of plastics and metals.
Thanks to the recycling of wastewater, space waste or water produced by astronauts (when breathing or urinating), it will be possible for them to use this water for a long time. But another way to get water on the Moon is possible thanks to the ice that is on the lunar poles buried in the ground that they will extract with drilling tools made (very sharp shovel or heated drill).
An aquaponics system is put in place allowing the food creation thanks to fishes. The fishes are first fed, they evacuate their excreta in water which are transformed by bacteria into beneficial nutrients for plants. The plants grow using excreta of fishes which serves as fertilizer. The roots absorb nutrients and return clean water to the aquarium.
To have energy on the Moon, the astronauts can store solar energy in a fuel cell that works like a giant battery because once recharged it can last 17 days in a row which is enough to survive a lunar night. If the Moon base is not next to the device, there is the possibility of being delivered by a lunar delivery man allowing the displacement of fuel cells.
A sphere with plants is furnished in the Moon base maker of fresh air and also allowing to be changed during a meal.
Thanks to polyethylene shields (10 to 20 cm), the astronauts can protect themselves in the event of meteorites. A pool is also equipped on the roof of a sphere, to protect against solar storms.
Describe a day on the Moon for one of your Moon Camp astronauts
At 9:00 a.m, the day starts with a quick inspection of the Moon base to see if everything is working fine. Then, for lunch, the astronaut picks food from the aquarium (aquaponics system) and feeds the fish to start the cycle again for the creation of other foods.
At 10:30 a.m, he continues his day by a one-hour sports session to stay fit. He washes himself with a washcloth with no rinse soap (because it’s not possible to have a bath on the Moon) and then he rests in the living room. At 4:00 p.m, he occupies himself by creating other objects thanks to the 3D printer (clothes, decorations…). One hour later, he put on his space jumpsuit and also took drilling tools to leave to do full of water not far from the Moon base, near the lunar poles.
At 6:00 p.m, he is back at the Moon base and he prepares dinner. At 8:00 p.m, he eats a mixed salad with tomatoes and potatoes and for the desert, he eats cookies which he cooked thanks to the oven which was specially designed to work on the Moon. Then, he is watching a movie on TV during 1h30 and at 10:30 p.m he makes a final inspection from the Moon base and he is going to the bed and he’s sleeping at 11:00p.m
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