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.
In our Moon Camp, which we wanted to make it very space-efficient and also with enough scientific equipment to make science on the moon, we also used the dome form which can withstand the atmospherical pressure inside as well as outside of it without collapsing. It also has a landing area and a launching pad to send astronauts and cargo to and from Earth. It should also have a satellite in orbit to send and receive information to and from Earth, but we will replace it for a laser communication relay, which is “cheaper” and more reliable than normal satellites.
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 in some parts, like the higher parts of the Shackleton crater, it receives sunlight all year long, we could access lunar ice reserves in the poles more easily, and it’s also closer to the Far Side of the Moon in which the scientists can make research and observe the solar system more clearly than on Earth. And we can explore this areas more deeply than if we were on the lunar equator.
We are going to extract the water out of the lunar water ice using a CO2 laser, which heats a lot the place in which is focused on, then moving it from the extracting point to a water purification system in which it gets purified and transmitted to all the Moon Camp.
We will have some trees and a hydroponic farm, which can produce some food, the hydroponic farm is inside a special dome which is made specifically to reduce the sunlight that hits the plants because our Moon Camp is built in the lunar poles, which receive sunlight all year long (excluding the lunar eclipses). The protein part will be covered by a meat producing laboratory, which uses a biopsy from an animal to start a sample, after that we create the sample and then it’s ready to be consumed.
We will install an array of solar panels, which collects all the solar light and converts it to electricity. This is an efficient and reliable way of getting our energy because we are going to settle our Moon Camp on the lunar poles, which get sunlight all year long. Also in the long term colonization period, we want to install a Nuclear Fusion reactor to sustain the full colonization of the Moon. But in the meantime, to support the solar array, we will use some RTG´s (Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator) that use plutonium-238.
We are going to use 4 systems to get air: 1. Photosynthesis: In our Moon Camp we have plants in all of the domes. 2. MOXIE: NASA developed a system that can break CO2 into C and O2, the latter one being oxygen, and then it will be distributed. 3. Electrolysis: This is a very common oxygen producer in the ISS, it consists of: Breaking the water into hydrogen and oxygen and then separating the oxygen to be distributed into the air tanks. 4. Air filter: The air filter will pass the air through some chemical procedures to clean it.
How do you plan to build your Moon Camp? Which materials would you use?
Our Moon Camp will be situated on the surface, but it has a structure and material capable of sustaining the astronauts inside. It has the Dome shape, which it´s resistant and it can adapt itself to the atmospheric pressure inside. The material we are using it´s an intelligent sheet, developed by Doctor Dwight Acosta, it´s constituted by graphene oxide + TiO2 (titanium oxide). It can also be made of zinc oxide or tin oxide + TiO2. It can change its properties and opacity, only with a command. It will also be radiation resistant and be produced at an industrial level.
The Moon environment is very dangerous for the astronauts. Explain how your Moon Camp will protect them.
We will protect our astronauts into 4 categories: 1. Radiation: The material which we are using is resistant to radiation and also doesn’t let it through. 2. Meteorites: 3. Sanity: We will treat our astronauts on the mental side of things by giving them a micro-earth dome and also a medical unit in which they can get treated. 4. Medical unit: Our astronauts will be treated in the medical unit with the best technology available on Earth: Non-invasive radiation therapies, portable tomography, laser surgery, etc.
Describe a day on the Moon for one of your Moon Camp astronauts
John Johnson woke up inside of the habitation dome, it was a day like all, he did all of his care things and ate breakfast. Then he noticed that something was up with the light, oh, the dome it´s just changing color, I woke up too early- he said, then he went to work, he worked in the purifying ice station which is supplied by the ice laser extractors. -Oh, we got a lot of work today-, then, after supervising all of the purifying during his work shift, he went to the park area in which he sat down and started contemplating the fountain and the lake. Shortly after he went on to the passage while crossing it he was seen by the medic, Hi -the medic said- Oh hi -John answered- Did you go to your daily revision? – No- Come in- Ok, no problem- He entered and was scanned quickly by the multiple medical systems, Ok, it seems that you don´t have any health issue- Ok, thanks- Bye-. Then he went on to walk in the lunar surface getting out by the quarters’ airlock. He went walking to see the Moon Camp in its totality. Woah, it´s majestic-. Then he saw that it was late and he went back inside, the intelligent sheet took action and it went dark. Good night- he said to everyone.
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