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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: Trio Lunar

Externato Marcelino Champagnat  Lisbon    Portugal 11   3 / 3
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Project description

We decided our camp to be underground. It will contain a dormitory, a laboratory, a greenhouse, a gymnasium, and an hotel-type corridor, which will give access to the astronauts’ rooms. On the surface, more exactly in the Sheckeleton crater, we will have a fusion reactor as the main source of energy. Nearby, we will install solar panels as a secondary energy source, to use in case of emergency. At the south pole we will have robots made by a 3D printer that will look for ice veins. A drill will extract the ice as soon as it is found. On the far side of the moon we will make a hole, where we will store the nuclear waste from the fission reactor. This seems a good alternative to us because it has an huge amount of space available and far from the living facilities.

Where do you want to build your Moon Camp?
South Pole
Why did you choose this location?

We chose this location because it is the most likely to have water and it has a large building area suited to construction. It also has a very good temperature, compared to the other areas.

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

We plan to build underground. We will make space with a drill and an excavator, brought from Earth disassembled. After that, we will build our base and drill a small hole for the lift that will give access to the facilities. We will also need to print molten metal with a 3D printer or use the lunar soil that is already hard enough not to collapse, to build the base infrastructure.

Water
Food
Electricity
Air
Protection

Water is one of the easiest things to find at the lunar poles, especially at the south pole, which we have chosen to inhabit. We can find the ice, the big veins, with laser-driven robots, and with a drill we can extract large quantities of water. Besides extracting water, we will recycle and reuse water from our daily activities. Some of this water will be directed to the nuclear reactor refrigerator system, to serve as coolant. In addition, the water to consumption is going to be need a more demanding filtering process.

We are going to make a greenhouse to provides us with food and oxygen. There will be an algae plantation and a larvae plantation so we can make synthetic, but healthy food.

We will go to the south pole where there is always sun light, like on the rim of the Shackleton Crater, where we will put the solar panels. Here, we will use nuclear reactors as our mais source of energy. The reactors will be 3D printed and powered by uranium, the waste being discharged in Shackleton Crater.

Once more, we’re going to take advantage of the photosynthetic processes in order to create an artificial atmosphere. We will need carbon dioxide to give back oxygen, and vice-versa, in an infinite cycle, which we will bring from Earth in a first stage Earth. In parallel, we will plant 8 m2 of algae per person and 13 m2 of other plants. Regolith also contains 50% oxygen which can be extracted in an emergency case. We will also guarantee that no oxygen leaves the base, with the reinforcement of the entry and exit processes.

We will build our moon camp underground which will protect us from meteors and radiation. The camp lift will have special doors so the air movement inside and outside the facility may be automatically controlled.

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

In the morning, astronauts wake up at the same time and get out of their compartments. They take a shower and put on their thermodynamic clothes. Then they go straight to the dinning hall, where they take their pills and eat breakfast (cereals). Then they go to the gym to maintain their physical condition, because walking on the Moon do not burn sufficient calories and the microgravity they are exposed too is not good for their bones. After that some astronauts take care of the greenhouse, others take care of the synthetic food. Scientists sometimes leave the camp to do the fusion reactor and the drill maintenance. Then they gather together to have lunch. Then they split up again into groups and complete their daily tasks. At the end of the day, they have dinner and go to sleep.

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