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 project is to research the far side of the moon which we cannot see from Earth. The project involves taking minimal stuff from Earth and building a base with what we have and using renewable resources available on the moon so we can live there for a longer period of time.
The reusable lander can carry big loads and can land nearly anywhere. It has solar panels and batteries and in atmospheric flights, it uses powerful electric fans which are charged by solar panels so as to use less rocket fuel.
The rover can be remotely controlled or can take two people inside the pressurized compartment. It uses a sensor to move around and an extendable arm to pick samples.
The camp has six sections that are interconnected and pressurized so astronauts can walk in it without any special equipment. It includes the greenhouse where we grow food.
Where do you want to build your Moon Camp?
Options A & C
Why did you choose this location?
If we set up camp on the far side, we can do more research about that side. The far side has intrigued us as that is the side not visible from the Earth. Also, if we set the camp closer to the poles we can obtain water from the lunar ice cap. This can be used to grow plants and also to produce oxygen and for the regular use of the astronauts.
From the poles, we can get water from the water ice. We will have the equipment to drill and get the water from the polar ice cap in a melted form so we can use it for our needs. We will, of course, have enough water to last us till we set up things on the Moon.
We can bring seeds from the Earth and grow them in a greenhouse that we will build to grow our own food. We will use the sunlight and also water from the lunar ice cap for this purpose. We will try growing food using some lunar soil too as that will be a part of the experiment to see what grows better in which soil.
We will use solar panels to generate power and batteries to store the energy produced from the solar panels.
We can use some of the water to create oxygen to breathe. We will take equipment from the earth to generate oxygen from the water.
How do you plan to build your Moon Camp? Which materials would you use?
We would bring light materials which we can bring from the earth. It has to be composite material with a lot of insulation to stay strong and withstand temperature swings. Using robots to build the camp itself is a better idea as that is safer than astronauts having to get out in our spacesuits to try and build it ourselves. We should have tested this in similar conditions/simulators on the earth
The Moon environment is very dangerous for the astronauts. Explain how your Moon Camp will protect them.
The insulation used in the building of the moon camp will help take care of protecting the astronauts from extreme temperatures. We will have an oxygen supply and water until we start creating our own oxygen supply and drinking water from the lunar ice caps. We will carry pre-packed ready to eat food to keep us fed till we start growing food in our greenhouse that we build. The carbon fiber that is used to build the moon base is strong enough to withstand hits by random objects that float around.
Describe a day on the Moon for one of your Moon Camp astronauts
A normal day on the moon would involve,
Getting ready for the day
Checking our panels to see if everything is ok and has been working fine while we were sleeping
Taking care of the plants and experiments, making sure food and water, etc. supplies are okay,
Going for a spacewalk to look around the base
Going on a lunar rover to collect samples, getting more information and exploring the moon more,
Reporting to earth,
Doing the stuff you would normally do on earth like reading, chat with other astronauts and have fun
Winding down and checking if everything is fine and running as it should be before going to bed
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