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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: Steal Da Moon

Northville Elementary School  Northville    United States 10, 11   5 / 2
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Project description

My group decided to make the base in the lunar lava tubes. It will be protected from moon rock blocking all areas of the cave except the opening. It will be protected from space junk, asteroids, lunar radiation etc. We will build tunnels to all the rooms that the astronauts will need to survive. For food we will have a farm with animals that will be brought into the base once we have enough air from the plants that will also provide food. The plants will provide healthy and fresh veggies for the astronauts. We will use moon buggies to go to the polar regions then mine ice and put it into jars so it can melt into water to use after filtering it. On top of the tubes we will have a little base to filter the water and to look out from the base. To dig out rooms in the base the astronauts will use a Regolith Ice Drill to drill out all the rooms for the base. The astronauts will bring furniture for all the rooms to sleep, eat and do everyday things. They will also have to bring tubes so the water can stay clean while going to werever the water needs to go.

Where do you want to build your Moon Camp?
Lunar lava tubes
Why did you choose this location?

We choose the lunar lava tubes because they would be a safe place away from the asteroids and other space junk. Here are two reasons why we chose the lunar lava tubes. One reason is they are safe from all of the asteroids or whatever else could come from space. It’s also easier to safely view the moon from inside the tubes. Another reason is there’s lots of radiation coming from the sun and the temperatures drop and rise very drastically.  The lunar lava tubes are safe from all that radiation and temperatures are less crazy.

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

We plan to build the moon camp underground in the lunar lava tubes. We are going to dig holes in the walls to make mini rooms. We will then cover the walls in wallpaper to make it more cozy for the astronauts. To keep air in the tunnels we are going to have an opening like where you would go into a sewer back on Earth, but the doors will be air tight. Then we’ll have a little room where you can put your space suit away to keep it safe and ready for use. We also plan to have beds and cushions made out of the same cloth space suits are made out of.

Water
Food
Electricity
Air
Protection

We will get water from mining ice from the polar regions and melting it. We will then filter it on top the base to get all the germs out. The astronauts will use a specialized drill to get the ice out of the polar region, then take the ice and use a moon buggy to transport it back to the base. All the water will go in a container on top of the lunar lava tubes to filter it. Then it will go into a pipe which will lead into wherever the water needs to go in the base.

We will get food from the garden plants that are in a garden section at the lunar lava tube base. The plants will get water from the ice mined at the polar regions and the astronauts will get air and food from plants, algae and spirulina in the base. At a later date, we will also get food by bringing farm animals to live on our base after we have all the plants to help us breathe in the base and extra air for the farm animals. There will also be a little room for them in the base with food.

We will get power from solar panels placed near the top of the camp. They will work with a bell-shaped satellite of solar cells that could supply solar energy to our base. They are silicon cells covered by thin glass to avoid degradation from radiation and they are made up of 16 arrays flanking our base.

We will get air from the garden and extra air from air tanks we will bring as backup. The plants in the garden will most likely be algae, spirulina and trees, but there will be a lot more plants than just those in the garden. For example, lots of the plants will be veggies and fruits to make a nice meal. We will also need more air eventually for the animals in the farm area. We decided to also have extra air tanks in case something goes wrong with the plants and to start with a good supply.

We will get protection from the outside world by living in the lunar lava tubes. The astronauts will be safe from the solar radiation and space junk because the walls of the cave are made out of stone and moon rock. We will have foot thick titanium just in case the caves fail. The caves most likely won’t fail because the lunar lava tubes have been there for hundreds or possibly thousands of years. In conclusion, we have plenty of protection from all sorts of obstacles like asteroids.

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

So first the astronauts will start the day at 6:00. The first thing they would do is wake up, shut off the alarm and go get washed. Then they will do a 2-mile run with bungee cords (for simulated gravity) on a treadmill to start the day. After their run they will relax for a while. If they have extra time before 7, they will start making their breakfast.  After breakfast is done and cleaned up they will start making sure nothing is damaged and they still have contact with the Earth. After that, at about 7:40, they will start cleaning the base so it does not look like a mess. Then they will go get their space suits on and get fresh water from the poles and take a food count to make sure they have enough water and food to last. After lunch, they will take their second 2-mile run for the day. They will have at least 6 miles in at the end of the day. In the afternoon they will check the rocket ship and see if anything happened to it. Then, after checking their experiments, they will have dinner.  By then it should be around 8:20. They will get the rest of the day off unless they still need to finish any jobs. At 9 they will do their last run before going to sleep.

Other projects:

  Moonraker

 
  IES José Jiménez Lozano
    Spain
  Moon Homies

 
  Externato Marcelino Champagnat
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  team G

 
  European School Brussels III
    Belgium
  Steal The Moon

 
  Northville Elementary School
    United States

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