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.
Our moon house is a house with a cylinder-shaped outer shell to protect the harmful rays from the sun and ion waves. The moon doesn’t have an atmosphere like the earth to protect us from the rays from the sun and on the moon the Ion waves are much stronger so that you would disintegrate in a few hours. This is why our moon house has to be safe. On the inside there is a living room and 2 bedrooms which contain a bunk bed containing 3 beds each. You will find a big TV and a dining table as well. We have an Arcade where there are video games you can never imagine in case we get very bored. For exercise we go outside to run for a while about 6 hours and come back to our camp for research and other stuff. We have three solar panels which give us energy. We have water from the ice below the ground or crust on the moon. We get our food and oxygen from a greenhouse and a few house plants. Pretty good right? For a Moon House that is.
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 isn’t super cold or super hot. It gets 89 percent of the sunlight and a higher chance of water, which will make plants and crops grow. We can use solar panels to capture energy from sunlight radiation for our astronauts.
We are going to build checkmarks for any source of water that we can drink out of. We will also mine ice which is below the surface sometimes. We put a pipe on top of it and link the pipe to our base camp and then we put solar water heaters and home heating system heaters at the end of the pipe. At the same time, we need to build a solar-powered water recycling system that can separate oxygen and hydrogen from the soil to make water. We will heat and filter ice to make drinking and irrigating water for plants. We will make some extra protection out of the lunar soil because we might disintegrate.
First we bring some seeds from Earth and then make a greenhouse and a pen for chickens. We bring some plants too because plants need time to grow. The best plants are potatoes, beans and tomatoes for easy recycling and processing. We bring chickens because they are our meat source. Chickens will lay eggs. They will hatch and then we will have more chickens to eat. Then they reproduce so we’ll probably almost never ever run out of chickens.
We use solar power. We get solar power from the harmful rays that the sun gives off. Our solar panels will contain the harmful rays and convert them into energy. The waste and excrement produced by plants and humans and chickens can be broken down into useful sources of energy as well.
We will get air from the greenhouse and the house plants that we brought from the Earth. The plants will take in the carbon dioxide and turn them into oxygen. The oxygen in the soil can also pass through separate machines for oxygen supply.
How do you plan to build your Moon Camp? Which materials would you use?
We will use lunar soil, super glue, bricks, plastic and last but not least glass for the outside shell. The lunar soil could also be used to extract useful chemicals to produce something strong like iron for building houses. Of course, we also need solar panels for the roof, which can store electricity and energy. We will also need metal and rocks because they won’t let carbon dioxide and other poisonous gases in. They are pretty hard to break and are very hard to melt.
The Moon environment is very dangerous for the astronauts. Explain how your Moon Camp will protect them.
We use rock and metal to build our moon camp. These materials won’t let carbon dioxide in and will protect astronauts from storms and other harsh weather. We will start putting a layer of cement on wood and then splatter lunar sand so that it would protect us and start a layer of metal and use some rocks to make the last layer outside and add a transparent plastic ring around our house just in case. What’s more, our moon house can reflect the harmful rays and the shell will not break unless another planet crashes onto it.
Describe a day on the Moon for one of your Moon Camp astronauts
A day on the moon would be filled with interesting adventures. This is why. I wake up in the morning and look out the window. It is all black and I wonder why. Then I remember that I am on an important mission on the moon. I get out of your bed and I leap 9 meters into the bathroom and find my tooth brush stuck to the ceiling. I rip it off and brush my teeth. I realize it’s going to be dark for quite a while. I wonder how the moon gets light. It is then when I find out that the surface of the moon reflects the light from the sun. I eat my breakfast and then I go to exercise and explore. I decide to run for exercise. Since the gravity on the moon is ⅙ on Earth I’m going to have to run for 6 hours. Then when I’m done exercising, it will be lunchtime. I leap back into my science lab and take out a pot from my storage room and start my cooking. After lunch I do multiple science experiments at my science lab. As 4 hours pass by, I look at my watch, it was already 6:30! Once again, I start cooking and have a wonderful dinner with my other astronaut friends or probably spend some time in the amazing arcade we have. Finally I build some checkpoints and go to sleep. As I close my eyes, I murmur, “‘What a wonderful day!”
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