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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: Os Lunáticos

Externato Marcelino Champagnat  Lisbon    Portugal 11   3 / 2
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Project description

Our colony is quite large, located in the lava tubes. Our shelter has two floors and a lift to get in and out of the colony. Near our shelter, we have a greenhouse where we grow food and get air from plants. Inside our shelter we have a computer room to contact the space stations. We have a rover to move around on the moon, a dormitory to sleep, with the beds attached to the wall, since, we have no gravity. We have another place to eat the food harvested from our greenhouse. Our camp also has three toilets and a gym for us to get in shape!

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

Billions of years ago, lava was spewed out creating tunnels, some very wide, others 40 metres deep! They have pleasant temperatures to live in on the Moon and that is why we chose them. Here, we are also protected against the weather, meteors and also from any solar radiation. To live underground is to be protected from many natural phenomena.

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

Since we chose the lava tubes we decided to build our colony as a glass dome. It works like an igloo, protecting us from the harsh outside temperatures. The disassembled triangle shaped materials go in the rocket, already designed to fit together in the moon. While the assembly is taking place, we fuel up in our rocket, meaning we eat, we sleep. Ours camp is made up of glass triangles that fit into an iron frame. There will be a lift connecting our colony to the outside. This connection allows for no oxygen loss when we go outside to do research!

Water
Food
Electricity
Air
Protection

Some of our water comes from Earth. When it runs out we can get the water from the lunar poles and thaw it out. As we are in the lava tubes, we will use a small vehicle to do this. In order to have recycle water for as long as necessary we will use a water recycling system. So, for example, after using the water for bathing, we filter it again to drink.

We will bring some food from Earth for the first few days in the camp. Then we will create an artificial greenhouse with artificial light. This way we could feed ourselves and grow vegetables, which is not the best food to eat every day, but it will do!

If we want to live on the moon we need energy! Do you know that one lunar night is equivalent to fourteen days on Earth? So, if we had solar panels they would not produce electricity during all this time. Since we cannot do without it for 14 days, we will use fuel cells. The fuel cells cannot be near our lunar base, so we will use a vehicle to carry them back and forth.

As we already have a greenhouse it would be useful, to use it for more essential goods. With this project we can use the plants as a main source of energy. And how does that work? The plants turn carbon dioxide that we exhale into oxygen. There could be, the risk of running out of oxygen, so we can store some bottles that we brought back from Earth to refill little by little.

One of the main advantages of lava tubes is that our colony is underground and this way we are properly protected from meteors and rocks. Another advantage of lava tubes is that we are protected from strong solar radiation, because the colony is underground and therefore the lava tubes are a very useful location for the theme of protection!

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

Our day on the moon is obviously not the same as a day on Earth! It’s quite different. In the morning we wake up strapped to our beds. We go to check on the plants, water them and pick the good ones to eat. We spend a lot of time researching at our station. Then we set the vehicles in motion to collect water at the lunar poles! We take a short walk on the moon, take a photo report, so that we can study it better. Time to eat again! Then we do our possessions, bathe, brush our teeth, and exercise! We need to get fit! Then we go to sleep again and a new day follows!

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