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 moon camp is called “Guang Han”. In Chinese traditional myth, “Guang Han” is the place where Chang E, a mythology figure, lives on the moon. The moon camp supports 4 astronauts.
Our space camp is located in the lava tubes on the south pole. The lava tubes is a natural protection for our moon camp. The camp has 12 rooms. They are the control room, the garage, the lab, the storage room, the room for telescopes, the bathroom, the living room, the conference room, the water-cultivating method room, the kitchen, the factory and the room for gathering waste materials.
We also have an innovation. It is the conveyor and magnetic levitation. The conveyor is for short distance transmission. The magnetic levitation is for long distance. They are built underground. The lava tubes can be used as the track. So no meteorites and radiation will attack the magnetic levitation system. The astronauts can also save their strength by conveyor and magnetic levitation.
Where do you want to build your Moon Camp?
Lava tubes at the poles. If no lava tubes found, dig tunnels at poles
Why did you choose this location?
We are looking for lava pipes in the two poles. Otherwise, we will dig tunnels if no lava tubes found.
Firstly, There is enough water ice in the two poles. Water is one of the most important element to maintain life.
Secondly, the lava tubes can protect us from the attack of meteorites and radiation.
Thirdly, the tubes is very suitable for life to survive. Because the average temperature is from 0℃ to – 20℃.
Finally, the lava pipes can be a natural tunnel for the conveyor and maglev train in our design.
How do you plan to build your Mooncamp? Which materials will you use?
We will use the lunar soil to 3D print the camp. And 3D printing can repair the damaged buildings quickly. The lunar soil can protect us from the radiation and the meteorites. And it is easy to get on the moon. We will also use robots to dig the tunnels and rooms under the ground for our magnetic levitation and conveyor system.
1.Water ice. Neutron spectrometer can detect the water ice. The water ice will be melt and filter into the water we use.
2.Extract the water vapor and human waste from astronauts for water circulation
3.Plant the crops which is with high water content for water supply.
Hydroponic planting requires less space and water but produces a lot. It is a good choice on the moon. We will plant, for example, tomatoes-rich in water, potatoes – fast-growing carbohydrate. And parsley, lettuce, beetroot, carrot, etc., they provide various vitamins.
1.Solar Power, which is the richest in the poles
2.Hydrogen, which can be obtained by electrolysis of water. It is a good fuel.
3.Metals in lunar soil can be used as power
4.Power from the earth as the back up
1. Electrolyzed water is one of the source of oxygen in our camp. Electrolyzed water makes oxygen and hydrogen. The astronauts can breath the oxygen made.
2. The photosynthesis of the plants can also produce oxygen, this reduces the carbon dioxide in the space camp and produces oxygen.
3. The the minerals on the moon can also make oxygen because the oxygen will be released when the minerals are burned.
4 . Our space camp won’t lose air when astronauts go in and out because there is an airlock in every door and a lot of the parts of the camp is underground.
The outdoor work is mostly handled by robots. So the astronauts will not be attacked by meteorites and radiation. If you must work outside, try to choose the time the sunshine is not very strong. We put the most buildings in lava tubes. The exposed buildings are covered with lunar soil which is 3D printed by robots.
Describe a day on the Moon for one of your Moon Camp astronauts
Time What to do
6:30 get up and clean up
7:30-8:30 exercise in the gym
9:00-11:00 study the moon soil
11:15-13:00 lunch and break
13:00-14:00 remote control the robots to collect the water ice
14:15-17:00 Heat and filter the ice into water and electrolyze water to get oxygen and hydrogen
17:30-17:45 check the whole running system
18:00-19:30 dinner, chat with other astronauts
19:45-20:15 planting, which is good for mental health
20:20-20:45 share today’s wok with other in the meeting room
20:45-21:15 communicate with relations on the earth
21:15-22:00 free time, do whatever you want
22:00-6:30 sleep in the sleeping bag
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