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.
We named our lunar camps ‘’Armstrong’’ after the first man to stumble on the Moon. This name has been chosen to represent a first step in a larger process.
There will be 2 astronauts living full time in the base. The base is quite modern, all the equipment can work automatically. For the first few days, there will be provision in the ship to have time to prepare the plantations and the water filtering system. We aim to specialize on testing the effects of low gravity on vegetables, small animals and obviously humans (the two astronauts).
Where do you want to build your Moon Camp?
Close to the lunar poles
Why did you choose this location?
We chose to establish the camp on the poles because the temperature gap is small, and the temperature is more comfortable. The sun is also more prominent on this side and will allow our solar panels to produce more electricity for longer.
How do you plan to build your Mooncamp? Which materials will you use?
We will make the spheres out of lunar rocks which will be applied using a giant 3d printer. Everything in the camps will be 3d printed out of rock or recycled plastic depending on the use needed. The beds will be air mattresses, so they won’t take too much space in the travel.
The water will be obtained with the use of a heated tube melting then sucking in the water from underground ice blocks that cumulates under the surface of the moon. After being dug out the ground, it will be filtered through the ISS water filtering system and so will be the astronaut’s wastes.
The food will be grown using a greenhouse the food will include carrots, sweet potatoes, salads and tomatoes. Non-perishable food will be brought for the first few days.
Electricity will be acquired with solar panels and the unused energy will be stocked in a large battery for the lunar nights. Among the provisions, we brought enough fuel on the flight to power the engine for an eventual trip back to earth.
To aliment our members with oxygen, we will use plants to transform the toxic C02 in breathable oxygen. We also planted some algae to furthermore accelerate the production speed as we don’t want our crew to asphyxiate
All the living compartments are built underground to protect the residents from a meteorite rain and radiations. The Greenhouses are made of a thick polymer that is made from the same stuff as water bottles.
Describe a day on the Moon for one of your Moon Camp astronauts
The day starts a 6 am, they will prepare their breakfast and cleanse themselves. To continue their day, they will make sure the base is sound and they will work out in the gym for a few hours to maintain their physical shape. Around 11:30 they will dine. They must water the plants and note any visible change that could have occurred because of low gravity, and they will also check on the animals. At 4 pm, they will prepare super and eat. After super, they have 3 hours of free time to spend doing what they wish, like talking to their families. Around 7:30 they must verify to integrity of the base and file a report. In the evening they are recommended to cleanse their body. Saturday is a general cleaning and maintenance day, and Sunday is a day for the astronauts to relax and do what they wish.
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