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 lunar base was designed by enthusiastic Lithuanian elementary school childrens (Rytis and Kajus). Our base is designed in the idea of being adapted to the lunar environment, inspired by desert sand houses made of adobe and snow houses (igloo) in icy regions such as the Arctic. In our case, our structures are made in situ mainly of lunar regolith, which protects against micro asteroids, and using natural tunnels and craters. There are three main constructions in our base: the underground artificial “greenhouse”, the “mechanical workshop”, and the “house of scientists and laboratory”. The base has scientific facilities, such as an astronomical observatory and a radio antenna, to take advantage of the absence of the Moon’s atmosphere. Rooms for hygiene and recycling, as well as treatment plants are in all our buildings. A protective tower with an electroiman generates an artificial protective mini magnetosphere. See you in our Moon base!
Where do you want to build your Moon Camp?
Lunar lava tubes
Why did you choose this location?
Like the ancient cities were built near rivers and lakes, the location of our base has as a priority the proximity to lunar aquifers, source of life and natural treasure. Our base is then located near an underground aquifer, where the lunar ice is heated and liquid extracted using pumps. The base is at a latitude with more stable temperatures. The use of temperature gradients and ground tidal forces are also considered in our base. Communications with the mines where minerals are extracted and the power production plants at the pole (where it is always daytime) are important.
Our source of water are the deep aquifers with ice in perpetual shadow.
From the lunar agriculture. The greenhouse is an important place, since the lunar colony’s feeding depends on it, and that is why it is protected underground. It does not need soil, the seeds grow in water and nutrients, and artificial light. There are also mini farms for animal husbandry and non-perishable food brought from Earth.
Our lunar base has a mini solar power plant, to take advantage of solar radiation, the main source of energy on the Moon due to the absence of atmosphere. Other sources of energy are also considered, such as tidal, geothermal and nuclear.
The oxygen can be extracted by heating iron oxide to high temperatures and exposing it to hydrogen gas. Also by the electrolysis of water. When plants begin to proliferate in greenhouses, these will be sources of oxygen.
How do you plan to build your Moon Camp? Which materials would you use?
The structures are made of titanium extracted from the Ilmenite found in the lunar “seas”. The aluminum for the aluminized of mirrors can be subtracted from the feldspar found in the rocks of the lunar highlands. The solar power plant is built with glasses and lenses manufactured using the Moon’s materials obtained from compounds of calcium and silicon extracted from the feldspar, pyroxene, and lunar olivine. In the mechanical workshop, the tools and utensils necessary for the work are manufactured by a procedure similar to the molding in sand, inspired by the manufacture of motors by this method.
The Moon environment is very dangerous for the astronauts. Explain how your Moon Camp will protect them.
In case of abundant water, using walls with watertight water compartments. Using tunnels and natural caverns. Through an artificial magnetic shield generated with an electroiman built with the lunar iron (the tower in our project).
Describe a day on the Moon for one of your Moon Camp astronauts
24-hour artificial days are generated as on Earth. In our camp there are working days adapted to the lunar environment, with several hours dedicated to physical training and leisure. Mechanical engineers (manufacture of tools and machinery); electrical and industrial engineers (energy production); mining and geological engineers (mineral extraction); doctors and psychologists who ensure the health of the colony; agricultural engineers, veterinarians and biologists (food); Telecommunications engineers (communications) aeronautical engineers, astronomers and astronauts (space travel), and even a space lawyer, all work in coordination and form a interdisciplinary team of inhabitants of the Moon.
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