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.
Ourspacebaseaimsat the evolution of man and iscapable of accommodating 2 people. Wehaveattachedgreatimportancetotheirprotection and theirbasicassetssuchaswater, oxygen and supplies, thenwehaveshapedtheirhome. Therewillbebeds, kitchen, diningroom, greenhouse, doctor’soffice and gym. The weightsthatwillbetherewillbefilledwithlunarsoiltofacilitate the launch of the rocketmakingitlighter. The houseswillhave a circularshapebecause the sphereis the strongest 3D shape the pressureisdistributedequallyalong the length of the arcinstead of concentratingatanypoint. Wealsothoughtabout the idea of the magneticfloorthatwith the shoeswith the magneticbottom the astronautswillbeabletostepnormally on the groundwithoutfloatingdueto the lowgravity of the moon. Wewillusethree 3D printers. The largestwillbe the onewhowillbuildtheirhomes and many of the facilities. The materialhewillusewillbelunarsoil and for greaterprotectionpolyethylene. Whentheyarrivebecause the plantshavenotyetgrowntogettheirfruitswewillhave a 3D food prinder. Thenthat the plantswillhavegrown, theywillneedotherfoodssuchasmeat, sofrom the earththeywillgetthatwithin a fewdaysitwillhavemademanyoffspring. Rabbitsaswellasfishthatwilltakechickenscanbeusedasguineapigs. The third and final 3D prinder willhave the abilitytoreuse the garbage of astronauts. However, the garbagefrom the plantswillbedumped in the anaerobiccompostbin, whichcanthenbeconvertedintoheating and methanethatcanbeusedasfuel for theirreturn. Therewillalsobe the observatorywhere the astronautswillwatch and studyinfinityfromthere.
Where do you want to build your Moon Camp?
At Shackleton Crater at the South Pole
Why did you choose this location?
Initiallywechosethislocationbecauseithasicewhichwecanmeltwithheateddrills and turnitintodrinkingwater. Also, thislocationisilluminatedby the sun, whichisourmainsource of energy, whichwewillusethrough the solarpanels. Wewillhavefuelcellsthatwillessentiallystoreenergyfrom the sun and willbeusedbyastronauts in cases of eclipseobservedseveraltimes a year. Thisareaisfacing the side of the earthsocommunicationwith the earthwillbebetter. Wewillprefertobuildtheirhouseunderground for anyexplosionsfromincreasedsunlight and meteordrop.
How do you plan to build your Mooncamp? Which materials will you use?
The material we chose to build the gym, the kitchen, the bathroom, the bedroom, the greenhouse, the room with the guinea pigs and the space of communication with the earth will be the polyethylene that is compressed plastic that can take any shape. It is a very robust material that will ensure maximum protection for astronauts. But for buildings that are secondary such as the observatory along with the experiment room that is in the same place and mainly things like the rovers, the aerobic composting area, the fuel cells and other such will be made of lunar soil and some of them will come from the earth.
Our base will be built underground to avoid the sun’s radiation. First we will build the basic facilities which are the bedroom, the bathroom, the kitchen and the space with the guinea pigs. Before the astronauts take off, some robots will have visited the moon that will have been dug and will have shaped the space underground so that when the astronauts come, they will be able to continue their work more easily and more efficiently since they will have at least one bed to sleep in the beginning. With the giant 3D prinder that will be controlled by the server, much of the lunar base will be built. Scientists say that the moon provides some great minerals that with them we can also perfect the plants. The color of the buildings will be the same as that of the moon so that it is not visible in the extraterrestrial forms that can be aggressive to humans
We will build a machine for recycling urine, water already consumed and the water vapor of exhalation of people. The essential function of this machine will be that it will absorb the above functions, will pass them through a filter and will become drinking water. Also with the heated drills we will break the ice and through a filter we will convert it into clean water. For all these there will be a corresponding storage space or pipes through which the water will end up in its various, daily operations.
About food most supplies will come from plants. For this reason, the plants that the astronauts will cultivate will be mainly seaweed, spirulina, tomatoes, cucumbers and generally plants that produce fruit in a short time. But there will also be plants for experiments. We will also have an aquarium with fish that in very small quantities astronauts will be able to cook them, as well as chickens to get the necessary vitamins. In addition, we will have cell culture that the 3D food prinder will be able to convert into meat in case the chickens do not survive during launch.
The main source of energy will be solar energy that through the solar panels we will accumulate and use in various energies of astronauts. Also from the anaerobic composting area we will have heating.
Through electrolysis we will be able to have oxygen. Essentially we heat the regolith (lunar soil) then the evaporation passes through a filter that isolates the oxygen and then we store it in bottles. Also plants through photosynthesis exhale oxygen that again can be exploited by astronauts. However, the exhalation of man contains a very small percentage of oxygen. Even the type of water is hydrogen by oxygen which means that from there too we can isolate some amount of oxygen.
Most of the facilities we have built with polyetholene which is a very powerful material that mainly protects you from everything. There is also the special, small roover that is properly designed to very quickly transport astronauts to a safe place in case a comet falls. This particular rover also has the identification of hairdressers that informs the astronauts how close they are to where they are.
Describe a day on the Moon for one of your Moon Camp astronauts
The hours on the moon are different from the time of the Earth, so the astronauts will have a clock that will go based on the time of the Earth. In their own morning they will wake up and do their morning exercise. They will then check all the functions of their space base and make the necessary corrections whenever needed. A few times a week they will gather at the site of experiments either in the observatory or on the surface of the Moon that will study the rocks of the moon. Later it will be dinner time, when they will go to the greenhouse and the 3D food prinder to get their food and take care of their food sources. In urgent cases they will communicate with the Earth and report on their status and whether they have made any new discoveries. During the day they will explore and supervise electrolysis machines, water recycling, anaerobic composting and robots. If one day there is an eclipse, the astronauts who know it will go the day before to fill the fuel cells with energy. Once a month they will go to melt the ice to make drinking water. During their own evening they will be able to enjoy their favorite series on TV via earth’s satellite, rest and then fall asleep. Αnd whenever they want there is also the pool which not only is cooling (which is very important as it makes them available so their actions will be more effective) for them but also serves in practice for the launch.
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