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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.


郑州轻工业大学附属中学  河南省郑州市    China 19   4 / 1
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Project description

We plan to build our moon camp underground near Shackleton Crater in the South Pole, where there is plenty of water ice to keep the astronauts alive, near-permanent sunlight means that electricity is nearly unlimited, and solar energy can be used more efficiently. The camp is located underground and has sufficient electricity to provide food and water, allowing us to enjoy an earth-like environment while avoiding cosmic radiation underground. I believe it will be a place where scientists can concentrate their research.

2.1 Where do you want to build your Moon Camp?

Shackleton Crater, located at the South Pole of the moon, has constant sunlight on its rim and perpetual night inside. The camp is built on the side of the mountain to get plenty of solar energy. And one of the reasons for choosing Shackleton is because it’s on the moon’s South Pole, where there’s evidence of water ice, where we could get liquid water. Shackleton tested for more hydrogen inside, suggesting we could use it to make air and fuel.

2.2 How do you plan to build your Moon Camp? Describe the techniques, materials and your design choices.

The idea is to build the settlement underground to avoid the effects of space radiation and lunar dust. At the same time, elevators are used to connect to the surface and a camp entrance is set up at the surface. The interior space of the camp is constructed in one piece, each room is responsible for one function, such as laboratory, power room, planting room, etc., they will have their own use, and there will be no delay due to the passage between the rooms. Outside, a lunar garage, processing rooms for water ice and ore, and a warehouse are set up. The soil and rock materials we can use the moon to obtain the required for smelting metal, such as silicon, magnesium, aluminium, calcium, sodium, etc., and these metals because no oxygen and water erosion can be used directly, in addition to as building materials, can also be used for other aspects, such as aluminum can be used to make mirror slice, and sodium because of its low melting point, And there’s no oxidizing bother to use as a coolant.

2.3 The environment on the Moon is very dangerous for the astronauts. Explain how your Moon Camp will protect them. (maximum 150 words)

First, we built the camp underground, effectively protecting it from space radiation and micrometeors. At the same time, the underground insulation effect is better, so that the camp always maintain a comfortable temperature. Since the Antarctic sun is almost permanent, existing solar panels can be used to generate electricity at the surface, which also provides ample lighting and heating inside the camp. Outside the camp, we have three large radars and a signal tower to locate and communicate with the astronauts when they are out and about. The medical department in the camp is responsible for checking the astronauts’ daily health and providing them with timely medical services.

2.4 Explain how your Moon Camp will provide the astronauts with:

Shackleton Crater has plenty of water ice to mine, bringing it back to camp and melting it through lens focus and using specialized equipment to produce drinkable water. And the moon’s gravity is low, making it easy to transport water ice.

We grow vegetables on the moon to provide food, and we grow them in greenhouses, like tomatoes, celery, etc. The water needed to grow vegetables can be converted and used with specialized equipment and recycled to minimize the loss of water.

Because the site we chose is surrounded by permanent sunlight, we built a large number of solar panels to capture this abundant energy, and also built underground storage rooms to store electricity resources in case of emergency.

Oxygen will be produced on the moon when everything is up and running, and water ice can be used for drinking water as well as electrolysis. Shackleton’s abundant hydrogen can also be used to produce oxygen. The lunar soil can also be used to obtain building materials by adding necessary industrial steps to its smelting process to obtain oxygen, such as molten salt electrolysis.

2.5 Explain what would be the main purpose of your Moon Camp.

The basic purpose was to be used for scientific research, because Shackleton itself was of great research value. Considering that the construction of the camp is time-consuming and risky, the camp residents should be engineers and scientists. On the one hand, they can maintain the facilities and equipment, and on the other hand, they are suitable for conducting some daily experiments. Thus extending the life of the camp.

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

Underground we can still schedule our time and activities according to the Earth year. When the astronaut wakes up in his room, he cleans his room and goes to the dining hall with the rest of the crew, which is also time for communication. After the meal, astronauts can go to the recreation room for a simple amount of physical exercise. After that astronauts will go to the conference room to discuss the objectives and tasks of the day, and start to work or study, to work until noon when there is a time to rest, the astronauts can then drink a cup of tea in the afternoon, and when the time came to earth in the evening, the astronauts need to stop work and study, enjoy together after dinner to relax myself, Such as reading, chatting or playing games. After that it’s good night.

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