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 lunar camp has a very high-tech aesthetic because we need the best of technology to survive on the moon. We have the most important necessities, like a decontamination room and a greenhouse, but we also have things like televisions and video game consoles to pass the time. Because let’s face it, working on the moon all day without doing any hobbies can be bad for your mood.
The buildings are underground to ensure that nothing is destroyed by meteorites. The only thing residing on the surface would be the solar panels, obviously. In the 3D modeling of the camp, there are some crystals in different rooms which are used to move more easily from room to room (just click on the button to focus on an object to “teleport” to it) .
Where do you want to build your Moon Camp?
Close to the lunar poles
Why did you choose this location?
Because at the lunar poles there is constant light, which we need to collect energy through the solar panels. In addition, there are areas where there is ice: obviously we will need water, so if we melt the ice, we can gain a significant amount of water for the astronauts.
How do you plan to build your Mooncamp? Which materials will you use?
Our lunar camp is going to be built underground: in this way, it will prevent the camp from being destroyed by meteorites. To return to the surface, astronauts can use a ladder. However, if they wish to return, they will have to go through a decontamination room to prevent germs and bacteria from entering inside. On the material side, we are going to 3D print the walls with a giant 3D printer.
Since our Moon Camp is installed at the Lunar Poles, we will use a heated drill to pierce through the ice and then proceed to retrieve the water. Then, we will filter the water so it becomes pure and ready to drink: we don’t want to start drinking dirty water now, do we?
In our camp, we have a greenhouse where we can make plants grow and then collect the vegetables and fruits that they provide us. As for the meat, we will have a small spaceship that sends us monthly amounts of meat.
We have installed some solar panels at moon’s surface in order to collect the energy from the sunlight: indeed, as you may know, the sun is present most of the time at the Lunar Poles, so it’s quite easy to get solar energy.
Inside our camp, we are going to have trees, so they will provide us some oxygen. We will have solid walls that will keep the air from leaving the inside. We’ll make sure to have enough plants and trees in each room so that way, we will be sure to have enough oxygen to breathe.
Dangerous things such as meteorites will not be a problem because our camp is underground. For radiations, the material printed from the 3D is radiation-proof. We also have first aid kits in case someone gets injured during a mission.
Describe a day on the Moon for one of your Moon Camp astronauts
A day for an astronaut begins with waking up in his room and then going to take a shower. Then they have breakfast: they are now ready to start their day. The astronaut can leave the camp to carry out research outside. At lunchtime they go back inside but first they enter the decontamination room to get rid of any bacteria. Then, the astronaut has lunch and returns to his research. After a few hours of work, the astronaut has the opportunity to take a break. They can either go to the gym or the pool, or even go play video games to relax. During the evening, the astronauts must report on their research. After that, they have dinner and are free for the rest of the day.
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