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.
We decided to build the colony under the lunar surface, inside the lunar lava tubes. It has to have a place to sleep and to eat. As we are the only ones living on the moon, our house has to have an office and a place to grow food, a computer room, a place where we can so research and a gym because living in low gravity weakens the muscles.
Where do you want to build your Moon Camp?
Lunar lava tubes
Why did you choose this location?
We chose Lunar lava tubes because they protect us from the harsh climate of the moon. Although the climate temperature is around -20 degrees, which is not very pleasant on Earth, it is actually a bearable temperature on the moon.
How do you plan to build your Mooncamp? Which materials will you use?
We came to the conclusion that inflatable bricks would be a good option. Besides being very resistant with the right layer of cement, we would need less travelling which will cost less and save us time.
We decided to have a recyclable water system because all our activities involved in some way air and water. The water would be stored in a water tank near the camp with connecting pipes. In case of water shortage, we resort to the tank. The water would not be 100% pure, but it would be good for consumption.
We realized that the food grown in the moon would not survive 14 days in the dark, we built a greenhouse with artificial light.
Our solar panels are located at the poles because there are more sunny days there. We will also have exercise machines which will use the mechanic energy of our movements to produce electric energy.
How long can you go without breathing for one minute? To solve this, we connect the camp to the greenhouse. During the day, our plants transform carbon dioxide into oxygen which will be used in the camp. At night, we close the connection between the two spaces to avoid the opposite effect.
A dome is not necessary as we are already protected by the lunar tubes.
Describe a day on the Moon for one of your Moon Camp astronauts
Our astronauts check the base from seven to eight-thirty and make their daily plans. Afterwards, they will need to exercise for at least an hour.
Between 9.30 and 11.30, the scientists will carry out research in their fields of study: geology, astronomy…
At 12.30 there will be an hour and a half break for lunch and rest. Then, the astronauts will execute a weekly table from fourteen to fourteen thirty with the division of tasks for the following week and continue their work. From fourteen thirty to fifteen thirty they will take care of the food and check the greenhouse infrastructure. From fifteen thirty to seventeen they will do all the needed maintenance of the camp equipments. From seventeen to seventeen and a half they will check our water sources. After dinner, they enjoy some free time. They will exercise again, from nine to ten. This will happen because, due to the low gravity of the moon, the calcium does not fix in the bones which could cause several health problems. When finished, astronauts can go to sleep.
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