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 Project consists in sending some astronauts to the Moon where they will have to manage to live with the help of material prepared for this mission, in order to prepare them for a future exploration on Mars. Our Lunar Camp is composed of 4 lunar accommodations connected by 4 access tunnels. The accommodations are equipped with several windows. On the moon, the lunar dwellings will be installed on a stable part of the moon at a short distance from the poles. This position will allow to recover ice to transform it into water. Thanks to a drill we will be able to recover lunar material to use it with a 3D printer in the creation of material. The position of the sun will be very important in the culture of vegetables/fruits allowing to feed. The orientation of the sun is different than on the Earth so we will need solar powered UV lamps.
Where do you want to build your Moon Camp?
Close to the lunar poles
Why did you choose this location?
Close to the lunar poles because we could have ice to have water inside some craters, and on the non hidden side of the moon to have a maximum of sunlight to make the plantations grow. We could have placed ourselves in the crater of Shackleton because there would be water inside in the form of ice but the light does not circulate inside. To put ourselves on the outskirts could be beneficial.
How do you plan to build your Mooncamp? Which materials will you use?
We could start by laying prefabricated floors. With these floors the construction of a base will be easier to balance and fix. Then the envelope of type of the ISS (Kevlar), carbon fiber, aluminum, titanium, steel) can be built quickly if some parts are also pre-constructed and it remains only to assemble them. Or we could also use lunar material mixed with urine to print it and make structures to be assembled. All that remains is to isolate and then furnish with parts coming with Cygnus.
Water can be supplied by ice cubes recovered on the poles then melted and filtered. Or simply with supply rockets.
The food will be fed by supplies.
They will be fed by solar panels or by windmills with the wind.
Oxygen could be supplied in the same way as the international space station with oxygen tanks or simply with plants transforming carbon dioxide into oxygen.
The structure of the housing will have to be resistant to the sun’s rays and solar winds. It should also be resistant to meteorites by being firm for any impact.
Describe a day on the Moon for one of your Moon Camp astronauts
When they wake up, they check if the sun is shining on the plants or if the UV lamps have taken over. If there are any malfunctions, they have to make repairs. Then they prepare themselves as on Earth to spend a day (breakfast, toilet, get dressed). They contact the controllers at their space agency to find out about the different experiments to be performed. Some days they prepare to get supplies. To continue, they will look for ice to get water, look for lunar material or explore the Moon in a lunar Rover. They also carry out experiments directed by engineers on Earth. They also attend live conferences for the media or space agencies. And as the day progresses, they report their results to the various people in charge of the mission. Then the astronauts finally fall asleep. Apart from the different activities above, they have a life like a man on our Earth.
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