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: Homo sapiens
BG/BRG Ramsauerstraße Linz Austria 12, 13 4 / 4
It is a base made of 4 Domes. Every Dome has a different function. The Main Dome is used as laboratory and the other domes are used as exercise room, plant room and storing room for oxygen & water tanks. Our moon camp is used for intensive exploration of the moon and to obtain elements. humans or animals can live on our moon camp. The sleeping rooms and the bathroom are located underground. the underground and the main base are connected with a tunnel and a letter.
Where do you want to build your Moon Camp?
Close to the lunar poles
Why did you choose this location?
We have chosen the location on the north pole because of the ice that is located near the poles, which can bring us water. It is also continuously day so we can use photovoltaic cells. In the location the astronauts can go to the craters and explore them. The researchers also discovered areas that were permanently in the shadows. Located in small impact holes at the bottom of Peary Crater, they could contain water ice that could potentially be used to extract water for the research station – another argument in favor of the North Pole as a location.
How do you plan to build your Mooncamp? Which materials will you use?
First robots would search for a good location that contains enough space to start building the base. If not given they would level the ground. At next we would use Regolith and lunar dust, what are obviously perfect because they can be used as a building material, as an energy and heat store and as a starting material for oxygen production and would therefore be an optimal basis for a self-sufficient moon station. We would make parts out of regolith by which we would start building the foundation and other building materials would be sent from earth to the location.
We would turn ice into water but most of the water will be from earth and we would ship monthly new water from earth to the base so there is enough water if there is no possibility to turn the ice into water. The base will need much water so it is also important that they recycle water e.g. they filter their urine and turn it into drinkable water.
Needed products like freeze dried food, vitamins, minerals, protein, medicaments and nitrogen-rich for the plants will be delivered from the earth to the moon.
On the moon base you can grow pumpkins and edible plants like artichoke, curry herb and etc.
We can win power through lunar cells. Hydrogen power generators can help as well because of the ice.
Oxygen will be extracted from water and stored in tanks. Oxygen is also filtered out of lunar dust.
The main base is on the moon ground with a protection from specified glass and other materials to protect against dangerous radiation and big differences of temperatures. For emergency we have a extra small base underground to help against micrometeoroids.
Describe a day on the Moon for one of your Moon Camp astronauts
When they wake up they first clean themselves and go to the toilet. Breakfast will be eaten when both astronauts have exercised for an hour because they shouldn´t lose their strength. After that both of them will do some experiments and look if there is any difference with the temperature and the oxygen level. Then they will suddenly eat their lunch and communicate with the earth station. Their little garden in the main dome will be maintained so that they try to grow their own plants. Soon after that they will get their Extravehicular Mobility Units (EMUs). When they wear them then they check each other if everything is ok with the suits and if the oxygen is enough for an exploration tour. Then they go outdoors and search for abnormalities. When they are back the astronauts rest for an hour, play some games and eventually go to the toilette. Suddenly they eat dinner and prepare for sleep. The daily routine varies from day to day, but it is important to eat enough and exercise every day. But the most important is that the astronauts don’t get hurt.
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