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.
This base has a center dome, which is the main common area. There is a lift that goes under the dome, which leads to four wings. Two of the wings go to quarters, each wing has two rooms. Each room can hold eight astronauts. The third wing is a gym, in order for the astronauts to keep from losing bone mass. The fourth wing leads to space suit storage. On the opposite side of the central dome from the gym, is a garage. This garage is for holding rovers, but there are more scattered around the base. Next to the garage is a launch pad, which has an escape rocket. Outside of the crater is a solar farm that feeds to batteries. There is another dome outside for laboratories.
Where do you want to build your Moon Camp?
Close to the Lunar Poles
Why did you choose this location?
We built our base in the Plato crater, which is close to the poles, but the ground is not frozen. We chose this location because it was close to a water source, and It gets lots of sunlight. We need this because we need a water source so that when ours runs out, we can get more. The water is transported back to the base and put into the water recycler in the greenhouse, where it is then used for farming and drinking.
The base will provide water from the poles, which is purified and recycled in the greenhouse.
Food is provided by the greenhouse, as well as quarterly shipments of other foods for better protein content.
Power is provided by a solar farm outside of the crater in order to get enough sunlight.
Air first comes provided by a tank, but after plants are planted, they produce oxygen.
How do you plan to build your Moon Camp? Which materials would you use?
We would start by setting up the central dome and expanding from there. After the dome would come the solar farm, and then the lift, then the living quarters, after that, the greenhouse, then the gym. After the gym, the garage is built.
The camp will be built out of polyethylene, titanium steel, carbon fiber, and reinforced glass. To protect the base from meteor strikes, there will be an electromagnetic field, with a control station to generate it from metal rods.
The Moon environment is very dangerous for the astronauts. Explain how your Moon Camp will protect them.
To ensure no accidents happen, there will be no magnetic materials at the camp. In case of an unfixable accident, there is an escape rocket.
Describe a day on the Moon for one of your Moon Camp astronauts
A day at the base for an astronaut starts with them waking up in one of the crew quarters. After they get up, they go to the lift, and up to the central dome for breakfast. After breakfast, they go to one of three jobs. These jobs are either Farming in the greenhouse, doing science in the lab, or exploring in the rovers. Let’s say that this astronaut goes exploring. They first get their space suit on and go to the airlock. Once outside, they walk to the garage and hop in a rover. They spend the next few hours roving around and picking up samples. After that, it is time to return to base to deliver the sample to the lab and for free time. This astronaut decides to go to the gym, in order to not lose bone and muscle mass. After that, it is time to return to work. The astronaut roves around for the rest of the day, and then returns to base for dinner. After dinner, it’s off to bed.
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