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.
There are 5 buildings and an underneath floor that serve for different purposes. The central building, named “Investigation Center”, is the place where the astronauts will do research about the moon, study their discoveries and manage their communications. At the left of the Investigation center, we have the “Living Tower”, which consists on 3 floors, the first one will be for the cafeteria and the kitchen, the second one for the astronauts’ bedrooms and bathrooms, and the third floor will be used for a gym so the astronauts can workout and have a good health. We also have a greenhouse, in which different plants will grow. The Moon Camp will also have a Resource Plant that will generate energy and air from solar panels and the air generated in the greenhouse. In addition to that, there will also be a Storage building, to make anaerobic compost and to store waste that can later be recycled. In addition to that, the underneath floor will be used for a Bunker and a Medical Bay. The bunker will be used in case of a meteor shower and the Medical Bay will have resources to ensure the health of the astronauts. Finally, there will also be different robots that will do several tasks like collecting materials and for research purposes.
Where do you want to build your Moon Camp?
Close to the lunar poles
Why did you choose this location?
We chose this location because it has constant light to have a lot of energy and its also near water ice that can be extracted.
How do you plan to build your Mooncamp? Which materials will you use?
We will transport enough materials from Earth to build a giant 3D Printer on the moon and some metals. Once built, we will use different materials to make the rest of the Moon Camp, some of them being recycled plastic and regolith. We will also use some other materials like polyethylene, to make protective layers so the lunar base is safe from radiation and meteorites.
A specialized robot will go to the pole and extract an ice block that will be carried to the base. After that, it will go to the Resource Plant to be purified until it is ready to be used. There will also be a water recycling system that takes all waste water and transforms it to be used like the water extracted from ice.
The food for the astronauts will be based from vegetables since we can’t depend on Earth to get a source of meat. These vegetables will be grown in the Greenhouse, where there will be control panels to manage watering and fertilizing of plants to be made automatically. Because in the poles there is almost always sun, the greenhouse will also count with a specialized structure that will cover the sun when the plants don’t need it so those can get 8 hours of sunlight per day.
There will be solar panels in the roof of most buildings in the Moon Camp, and also several panels on the outside to collect sunlight that will be transformed into electricity in the Resource Plant. The solar panels on the outside will rotate alongside with the sun to catch the most sunlight posible. In case of an eclipse, there will be fuel cells that will collect power from the panels that can last up to 17 days.
Air will be made by algae and plants that grow in the Greenhouse. Some algae like Spirulina can produce air for all astronauts by planting 16 m2 and can also be eaten. Plants will require 26 m2 to be planted but can be also an alternative to get food out of it too. If there is any spare water, we can take out the oxygen by electrolysis and use the hydrogen for fuel. All oxygen collected will be distributed throughout the Moon Camp.
The Moon Camp will be airtight and made with materials that don’t let air pass through. Also it will have an approximately 20 cm thick protective layer made of Polyethylene that will protect astronauts from meteors and radiation so they don’t suffer any consequences from it. It will also have Airlocks to securely go in and out of the base
Describe a day on the Moon for one of your Moon Camp astronauts
At the beginning of the day, they will wake up early in the morning, after that, they put on sweatpants and then go to the gym and work out. Then, they go to take a shower and get ready to eat breakfast. Later, they go to the cafeteria and get some breakfast to have energy for the long work day. When they are ready, before starting work, they go into every facility of the Moon Camp to check that everything is working the way it is supposed to do so and fix any potential issues. Once everything is in order, they head on into the investigation center to do their work and research, then they take a break to eat lunch and get back to work for a couple of hours more. In the afternoon, once they finish their work for the day, they have some free time to dedicate to themselves in whatever activity they want to do. When the
night arrives, they eat dinner, and get ready to go to bed.
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