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.
We are two french girls, we are 12 years old. We are studying in Warsaw in 7 grade. We discovered this project by our science teacher. We did this project during the class. We started in October. To get some ideas we watched a movie: The Martian
After that we began to answer requirements of the project. For the report one of us did 2.2 and section 3 and the other one did 2.1, 2.3 and 1.1. The Martian. For the 3D design we train ourselves doing satellite, rover and Apollo module. Then we started doing 3D design. One of us did the rover, ICE STATION, telescope, rocket… the other one did the living area, gym, launchpad, greenhouse, elevator… Some objects were found in Tinkercad. Our teacher decided who needed to do what. In a week we have 2 lessons: one was dedicated for the report, brainstorming, research and the other one for the 3D design. Finally we worked on putting everything at a good scale.
Where do you want to build your Moon Camp?
Close to the lunar poles
Why did you choose this location?
We chose to locate Himoon on the South pole of the Moon on the crest of a crater.
This choice had been make thanks to :
constant sunshine except during moon eclipse
the presence of ice water (Chandrayaan-1, LCROSS and LRO)
the difference of temperature is less considerable (around 50°C)
the escape velocity is weaker
the gravity is weaker
Why on the crest ?
In the purpose of being the nearest possible to the ice water and not in the crater because we can’t receive luminosity.
How do you plan to build your Mooncamp? Which materials will you use?
We built our moon camp from moon resources. Thanks to regolith we make the structure and thanks to polyethylene we make the shield to protect us from the meteorite, solar wind and one 3D printer which allows us to print what we want. We built our Moon Camp half buried.
In the moon camp there is a place to eat, rooms to sleep, sports rooms, bathrooms, greenhous, laboratories, airlocks, rover garages, zones to produce energy, landing zones and bunkers. All rooms are sealed but connected with airlocks. In the Moon Camp there is one room with a more thick protective shield and a swimming pool.
For Himoon moon camp water will provide thanks to ice water in the crater. Robots will break ice water in small pieces. Ice water will be carried to the ICE STATION mechanically. First of all, in this station the ice water will be melted thanks to an electric heating system. Then the water will be filtered to eliminate the potential pollutant. Pipes will transport water to Himoon.
A part of the water will be used in the living quarter for the kitchen, the bathroom and the jacuzzi. The other part will be dedicated to the greenhouse, the production of oxygen and hydrazine.
For Himoon camp food will provide thanks food supplies and culture vegetables. Supply freighters will attend the Moon every two months. Supplies will contain lyophilised food. All the supplies will be transported thanks to the Eco pack (Mission Alpha). Vegetables (potatoes, carrots and pumpkins) will grow in a greenhouse. The cultivation support will come from the reusable foam from Eco Pack. Eco Pack will also contain food.
For Himoon camp energy will be produced thanks to solar panels and nuclear reactors. The solar panels will be located in different places. Some of them will be put on the roof of the ICE STATION. The rest will be placed in a field. All of them will be ROSA ones (like on the ISS).
Nuclear reactors will be situated in the ICE STATION to use heat to melt the ice. If solar panels do not work it can also be used to generate electricity to HIMOON. This type of nuclear reactor will be MMRTG (the same as Perseverance).
For Himoon camp the needs for air will be provided thanks to production and recycling. Air will be produced by the chemical reaction electrolysis of water.
The principal challenge is the recycling of CO2. The CO2 will be recycled thanks to the filtration system (same as the ISS) and plants respiration.
For Himoon camp the protection will be aluminium and regolith. Aluminium will be the first layer and for the outside regolith. Armoring will be doubled in the life module. Parts exposed to sunlight will be painted in white. If it is necessary some radiator will be there to regulate the heat. A swimming pool will also be there to be a refuge in case of a solar storm.
Describe a day on the Moon for one of your Moon Camp astronauts
The astronauts get up in the morning and go to have breakfast. Their food is lyophilised. After breakfast they will do a briefing.
Then they have 2h of sport. They have to go to the gym to do abs, run, bike, Yoga, etc.
11h00-13h00They did maintenance of the base for example, maintenance of the space suit, maintenance of the rover and maintenance of the survival system.
Afterwards, they will have lunch.
Then they have to do their missions for example:maintain the base,do science experiments, agriculture, take samples from the moon .
In the afternoon they make a briefing to talk about what they did, what was correct or what was incorrect.
After the briefing they have free time they can read, watch movies or series, they can call their family, they can play video games.
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