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Explorers gallery 2022 – Moon Camp Challenge
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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.

Team: Lunar Team

Collège René Soubaigné  MUGRON    France 14   4 / 2
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Project description

We tried to create a camp with simplicity. Therefore, we tried something that can be easy to use. Instead of using normal toilets, for example, we used wooden toilets and we made a water path on the camp to the “garden”. The only private room that we can have is our bedroom where there is a water bottle, a toilet, a shower, a night table and a bed.  The others rooms are not private like the kitchen, the living room or the garden. The meals are composed (the most) of the fruits and the vegetables from the garden that we are feeding with the water used in the day, and the sun panels (cause of the 14 days of sun/moon cycle). The big “theme” of our base is the ecology.

Where do you want to build your Moon Camp?
Shackleton crater
Why did you choose this location?

We want to build my base in the crater of Shackleton because it is an ideal location: with a good location of the ground, we will be able to locate the zone of shade and permanent sun and that or it alternates. We could put for example the greenhouse in an alternating place etc… The crater also has a high amount of Hydrogen, which could probably contain underground ice, thus a source of water!

How do you plan to build your Mooncamp? Which materials will you use?

Our favorite material is wood because we think it is environmentally friendly but we need to maintain it a lot on a daily basis. We think that it is the easiest way to be ecologic and simplest.

Water
Food
Electricity
Air
Protection

To be able to have water, we can use electrolysis to recycle urine in water, but it would consume a lot of electricity. The air that we exhale contains a little water, we could also exploit it. We can also exploit the lunar poles containing buried ice, but this would require adequate equipment (drill…)

To find food on the Moon, we cannot content ourselves with food coming from the Earth. We could think of making a lunar farm in a pole with tinted windows so that the sun does not burn the harvest. It would also be necessary to experiment to see if breeding can be done.

We will use photovoltaic panels. According to the progress of research, we could also use the helium 3 which is trapped in the lunar rocks to build power plants using nuclear fusion.

To breathe, we need oxygen. We could plant for example algae (breathing in CO2 and breathing out oxygen) or plants, more voluminous but can offer a good meal. We can also use water recovery systems and separate the molecules but it will be difficult, like being able to extract the small amount of oxygen in the lunar soil.

To protect astronauts from cosmic rays we will use hydrogen-based materials or, if they are not yet developed, plastic materials. We will not use metal shields.

Describe a day on the Moon for one of your Moon Camp astronauts

In the morning, the astronaut wakes up around 7 am in terrestrial time. He gets up from his personal room and joins his teammate. Before, he puts on a thin suit, allowing him to move easily. The two astronauts meet in the common room where they take their breakfast. This one is essentially composed of vegetables and other provisions brought during the resupply. The meal finished, they return in their respective bathrooms to make their toilet. This one does not use much, that the strict necessary to brush the teeth and, every other day, to coat itself with a special liquid to clean itself. When they are ready, they go to their common office and make a report on the experiments realized and finished during the last days. He works until noon. For the lunch, the vegetables are in the appointment. This meal is 70% composed of products grown on the Moon. In the afternoon, the astronauts prepare an exit to take samples of lunar soil for an attempt to decompose the molecules. They take a lot of time and put on their spacewalk suits. Once ready, they go through an airlock to avoid wasting oxygen. They recover their vehicles and spend a few hours working. The two return to the base at the end of the afternoon. The evening is devoted to the arrangement and classification of the samples of the day. They take their evening meal and go to bed. The day of tomorrow will be very busy.

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