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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: CH-LYNX

Shanghai FitchMaker Studio  Shanghai    China 12, 13   4 / 1
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Project description

Our moon camp is for 4 astronauts to live in. Its name is CH-LYNX. CH is for China, our country. LYNX is the initials of our members’ names. Lynx is also an animal that is patient, cautious and not afraid of cold, which is like the spirit we pursue as the pioneers of the lunar exploration.
Design Concept:
Our camp is designed to be self-sufficient without the earth resources. Keep the astronauts healthy mentally and physically. Try not to expose the astronauts to radiation so we’ve designed many robots: 3D printing robots, drilling robots, bionic robots, etc., to carry out all kinds of outdoor works. We have a gaming room to relax the astronauts and 3D printing food to surprise them everyday. We plant foods hydroponically.
Goal:
Study the soil, microorganisms, water ice and rocks. Observe the space on the far side of the moon. Try to further explore other planets while using the moon as a launch base. Because the low gravity and no atmosphere makes less energy needed to get a higher speed to rush out of the solar system.
Structure:
Our camp is divided into 2 parts: on the ground and under the ground.The camp prevents the air leakage by the airlock. We have Laser Communication Tower, Rocket Launch Center, Nuclear Power station, Robots and their garage, green house on the ground. And the under ground part is used for living and scientific studying: living room, laboratory, hydroponic room, control room, waste recycling room, etc.

Where do you want to build your Moon Camp?
Close to the lunar poles
Why did you choose this location?

We know that the poles of the moon are different from other places. According to NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter(LRO), water may exist widely under the lunar surface. It has been revealed that there are hydrogen rich sediments hidden in the permanent shadow area of the moon’s poles. In some cases, it has been proved to be water ice. The poles of the moon can receive light in 90% of time all year long, which is a good condition for plants to survive and doing photosynthesis.

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

At the start, we need the steel frames transported from the earth as the foundation of the buildings. And then, our robots will collect large amounts of the lunar soil, which will be used as the materials of the 3D printing. Our giant 3D printers will print the surface of the buildings. The wall thickness should be greater than 20cm so that it will provide better protection of our buildings.

Water
Food
Electricity
Air
Protection

1. Water can be obtained from water ice.Our moon camp is located at the poles, where is rich in water ice in the craters. It is suitable for long-term mining. Heating the water ice by solar energy to get water.
2. Water circulation is very important. To process and reuse human waste can save the water.
3. We can transport much water from the earth at the very start of the moon living.

At the beginning, we will be lacking of water. So we should plant vegetables that only need a small amount of water through their growth, such as: potato, tomato, and beetroots. They can be planted in the moon farm. They are also the plants that can get vitamin A, C, and D easily.
The hydroponically farm will use red and blue lights to light the crops. As we get more water, we can plant wheat, a good route to get carbon-hydrate.
There is a 3D printer to make food into different size, so astronauts will not be tired of them.

Solar power is abundant. But only solar panels is unable to meet the daily power supply demand especially when lunar eclipse. So nuclear is used in extreme cases. According to Chinese lunar probe Chang’e 5. The moon has more than one million tons of helium-3. Helium-3 can react with hydrogen, but unlike general fusion reaction, helium-3 is less radioactive and easy to control, having this raw material as the foundation, human can control the stable fusion technology, and achieve efficient, safe, clean and Environmental-friendly power generation.
Additionally, we can also use electrolytic water to obtain hydrogen as fuel.

Using the water electrolysis device, we can get oxygen from water. Getting oxygen in space is hard, so we should recycle the water we breathe in moist status and collect them. We can recycle water from human waste, and filter all of them. On the moon, we can get an amount of water from the “water ice” there, and melt them into gas and water.
Also the photosynthesis of plants can make oxygen. The spirulina will be a main oxygen income because it is also edible and good for health. Scientists confirmed that spirulina is good for space.

We need polyethylene spacesuits that can be immune to radiation. Solar energetic particles are dangerous because they can penetrate the skin, and the energy released will break cells and DNA. This damage increases the risk of cancer. We need natural lunar soil to be safe from radiation and meteorite attacks. Only 20 centimeter of lunar soil can effectively protect astronauts from radiation and meteorites. At the same time, we have designed many robots to replace human working outdoors such as Drilling robot and Bionic Carrier Robot.

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

In a day on the moon, the first thing I should do is to get ourselves clean, then breakfast. The food is made out of plants from the hydroponically farm and been shaped by the 3D food printer, different shapes of food will let us feel surprised. The next important thing to do is to check how our moon rovers are running and what these automatic rovers discovered. If any of them got a problem, we need to fix it immediately. Then we need to check what we need to do with the control on the Earth and quickly get to work. After lunch time, we can have a one-hour-free time, it’s now free to go to the gaming room, and go planting in the farm. Scientists have proved that farming have a good affection on people’s brain, especially living in the moon camp. After the free time, we need to continue the study in the lab. Our daily study of moon is about the moon soil and meteor. I may find useful resources in meteor or in the moon. After dinner, we should communicate again to the control building and have a short communicate with our family and have a short break. Before going to the bed, we need to check our systems running well, in case of emergency warning. After cleaning ourselves up, we can end a tired day.

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