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.
In our model, we decided to make many different rooms and parts of the moon camp in order to make it as realistic as possible. For instance, we had to make sure all of the rooms that are in the camp are included in our model, with extremely precise details. For example, some of the rooms that play a major role in operating the camp are a bedroom, headquarter, a farm or a place where people can grow and plant food. In total we have 8 different rooms that are attached to our moon base.
Where do you want to build your Moon Camp?
Why did you choose this location?
This region has enough sunlight and many craters useful for the research.
How do you plan to build your Mooncamp? Which materials will you use?
The entire camp will be built using a 3D printing method. The material used for construction is lunar regolith.
Moon has very little sources of ice present on the poles. Which means getting water may be very hard and dangerous. Therefore, astronauts have found a way in order to have water on the moon. This method occurs by recycling their colleague’s sweat and exhaled breath which turns into drinkable water after running tests in their lab.
There are numerous different ways in order to grow, keep, and store food in the moon camp. In the end, Astronauts still have to eat every day in order to stay alive, especially in space. However, astronauts eat food that is different from what we eat on earth. For example, most of their food consists of packed food, some of the rules that apply for packed food in space are the following:
1) Food should be compressed (to take less space)
2) Light weight
3) long lasting
4) it must have good nutritional value
There are numerous ways in order to get or generate energy for the camp. However, the most efficient way is by using solar panels. Solar cells directly convert sunlight to power in the electrical system. To generate high power levels, large numbers of cells are arranged in arrays. This method is known as photovoltaics. Therefore, we decided to use this method in order to produce energy.
Air is supplied from the Earth regularly from the supply rocket.
We will be coating our station with MLI (multilayer insulation). The multi-layer insulation is used in devices that can withstand both extreme heat and cold. It provides protection against UV rays, and mechanical stresses. Layers of MLI blankets are usually composed of polyimide film with layers of aluminium on one or both sides for reflector layers. Low conductivity materials separate the aluminium layers. Using this method of coating we are aiming to protect the space station from both extreme weather conditions and celestial objects that happen to contact our station.
Describe a day on the Moon for one of your Moon Camp astronauts
An astronaut will follow the GMT time zone. They will wake up at 5am, brush their teeth, finish their morning hygiene routine, do 2 hours of exercise, have breakfast at the cafeteria with colleagues, then have a meeting with team members on the moon and on earth where they decide the day’s task, and after this the astronaut will go to perform experiments. At the end of the day, they will have dinner, talk to their family members and go to get a good sleep.
On the International Space Station, current garbage disposal techniques rely on astronauts physically sorting rubbish into bags before loading it into a designated vehicle for short-term storage, which either returns the trash to Earth or burns it when it re enters into the atmosphere, depending on the vessel.
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