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In Moon Camp Pioneers each team’s mission is to 3D design a complete Moon Camp using Fusion 360. 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.

Team: Light of the Moom

Middle school affiliated to Zhengzhou University of light industry  Zhengzhou City, Henan Province    China 19 External viewer for 3d project
Project description

The initial construction of the lunar camp was done entirely by machine facilities, which were basically complete, and we needed to send a team of four to carry out early missions and improve facilities that the machine could not build. Each mission lasts about a week, and we need to continue this process until the infrastructure needed to sustain life is fully installed. After that, the lunar camp is fully equipped and scientists can be stationed on the moon for long periods of time for scientific experiments, energy extraction, and even into the commercial phase. As technology matures and humans learn more about the moon, it will become a tourist attraction for humans to explore and experience the mysteries of space.

The main goal of our lunar camp is to explore the mysteries of the moon and to conduct scientific experiments that cannot be achieved on Earth. In order to understand the moon, so that the future energy extraction and commercial stage will come early, for the moon tourism fantasy to lay the foundation.

Where do you want to build your Moon Camp?

I want to build an underground lunar camp in Shackleton Crater, near the moon’s south pole. First, because it is exposed to sunlight 80 percent of the time, it has enough sunlight to produce solar energy, It allows the station to get enough energy to keep the station running; second, inside Shackleton Crater, a permanent shadow area that has the potential to store ice and make it easier for station crews to get water; and third, because the moon is not protected by the atmosphere, the moon is often subject to frequent bombardments of small meteorites and comets and their debris, as well as intense radiation from solar wind particles and other rays, so I think a lunar camp should be built underground.

How do you plan to build your Moon Camp? Describe the techniques and materials you would use.

We need to build a lunar camp from the ground, and although there is very little building material available on the moon, there are still many silicate building materials on the surface of the moon, that is, moon dust. We need to build a protective dome-shaped lunar camp, known as a closed-mouth foam structure, where we need a large number of small probes that transport the collected moon dust to the location where the dome was built, and then use other machines to cure the moon dust to build the lunar camp. How to use this moon dust to build a lunar camp? This requires the use of 3Dprinting technology combined with small detector vehicles. The lunar camp we built needs to include some infrastructure suitable for astronauts to live, experiment, and exercise. For example: life rest cabin, experimental cabin, scientific research work module, personnel training module, biological culture module. In order to avoid an accident, we have to build an emergency shelter. And the lunar camp was built underground to prevent astronauts from receiving intense radiation and the base from being hit by meteorites. Let a small probe with a combination of 3D printing technology use moon dust to build a lunar camp.

The environment on the Moon is very dangerous for the astronauts. Explain how your Moon Camp will protect them.

The first factor to protect astronauts is space radiation. Radiation is the energy carried by electromagnetic waves or ions, and the greater the mass between the crew and the radiation, the more likely it is that dangerous particles will be used up before they reach the crew. So astronauts on the moon can use nearby natural shielding materials, such as the lunar soil or weathered soil piled up in the dome of the lunar camp. The second factor to consider is meteorite impact, the use of closed-mouth foam structure of the dome can be very good protection of underground camps and astronauts. We also need a radar to observe and calculate the trajectory of meteorites and the surface activity of the sun.

Explain how your Moon Camp will provide the astronauts with:
Water
Food
Electricity
Air

The latest data from the Lunar Explorer probe shows once again that there is frozen water at the moon’s poles, amounting to 10 billion tons, which we can convert into drinking water through heating.
When the sun flows protons to the moon, these particles interact with electrons on the moon’s surface to form hydrogen(H)atoms. These atoms then migrate on the surface and lock in large amounts of oxygen(O) atoms in silicon dioxide (SiO2) and other oxygen-containing molecules that make up the lunar soil or weathering layer. Hydrogen and oxygen together make up the composition of hydroxy (OH), or water (H2O).
Astronauts can recycle their urine and sweat to provide water.

We can raise pigs, cattle and chickens on the moon, or we can use artificial sunlight to feed our farmers with special liquids containing potassium and calcium, and grow grains and fruits and vegetables on the moon. Of course, these must be carried out in plastic or glass-covered sealed sheds. This solves the astronaut’s food supply.

The moon has no atmosphere, no weakening of solar radiation, the angle between the moon’s equatorial and loess surfaces is less than 2 degrees, the law of change in the sun’s altitude angle at any one location is basically unchanged, the moon’s day duration is about 14 Earth days, can provide continuous light. Therefore, the use of solar energy conditions are better, so we can use photovoltaic power generation to provide energy for the lunar base.
With 1 million to 5 million tons of helium on the moon that can support the Earth’s 7,000-year-old electricity, helium-3 is a clean nuclear energy with small radiation, easy control, safe and pollution-free radiation in nuclear fusion.

The lunar soil contains a large amount of titanium iron ore with high oxygen content, and if it is heat-reduced and separated, it can produce a large amount of oxygen essential for human breathing and rocket propellant. It has been discovered that the rocks on the moon are mainly composed of silicate rocks , which process moon rocks and can also obtain large amounts of oxygen .

Explain what would be the main purpose of your Moon Camp (for example: commercial, scientific, and/or tourist purposes).

The main purpose of the lunar camp we built was scientific research.
The moon is a scientific research site for human understanding of the universe, human exploration of the moon has been more than 50 years of history, the moon’s topography, material distribution and space environment has established a preliminary understanding, through the establishment of the lunar camp can be completed such as the lunar topography, geological structure, surface material composition, internal structure, near-moon space and lunar environment, the moon and the origin and evolution of the lunar and lunar systems and other lunar science research.
The moon is a good scientific experimental platform, the moon has no atmosphere, no electromagnetic waves absorption and radiation, only weak gravity field, so that many can not be carried out on Earth research, experiments, manufacturing and processing, can be completed on the moon.

Describe a day on the Moon for your Moon Camp astronaut crew.

Astronauts in space life and on earth will have a great difference, Brush your teeth without toothbrush and toothpaste, but make you chew a gum like gum, and make the dirt stick on it for cleaning purposes. The washing is made with wet hand paper to wipe the face, and the wet paper is pasted on the comb and even the hair is washed.

 

The toilet in space is also vacuum. The toilet must be sitting on a well-designed toilet. People floating in the air need to put their feet in the fixed design foot sleeve. The belt is tied with seat belt, and the handle is supported by hand. If the stool is to use a special ventilator, the feces are sucked into the plastic box, and one is replaced at a time. If you urinate, use a suction machine to inhale a special shape cup , and then it is poured into the sewage tank under the floor through rubber pipe. We built a biological incubator to cultivate and observe some suitable for cultivation on the moon. There is also a storage bin connected with the biological culture bin, which is divided into different cabinets to set different temperatures and environments to store different kinds of seeds and seedlings. There are also rest rooms responsible for the life base of astronauts, and there are also some leisure and entertainment facilities in limited space. There are also experimental warehouses, which will have facilities and machines needed for research in space and some operating platforms. After washing in the morning, they can enter the experimental chamber for experiment. After tired, you can go back to rest area to supplement energy and energy. After that, the data can be recorded. And the biological related research results can be put into the biological culture warehouse for practice. When there is an emergency in any area, you don’t have to worry about it. There will be an emergency shelter. Its material and structure are different from other warehouses. It can have an emergency shelter The fixed compressive capacity, aiming at the possible situation on the moon, will be built with some materials that can maintain the basic survival capacity of astronauts, and there will be equipment to send out the rescue signal. When they encounter unexpected situations, they can get in touch with the outside world even if they encounter some unexpected situations.


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