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Pioneers gallery 2022 – Moon Camp Challenge
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Pioneers gallery 2022

Moon Camp Pioneers Gallery 2021-2022

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: Posthumanist

Sachkhere Public School #2  Sachkhere    Georgia 15, 14 or younger   6 / 2
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Project description

Posthumanist is the name that best describes our team. We hope that our camp will not only be a long-term residential and research center for people on the moon, but also pave the way for them to study more and expand the visibility of our entire solar system. Our lunar camp was designed for 7 people. At the base is an oxygen depot from where oxygen is supplied to the dwelling and the lunar building. The main building is built in the crater. This is where the office, scientific, research and communication center will be. In the camp there will be solar palates, because solar energy is our main source of power. Outside the base there will be a robot. This robot will have different kinds of sensors and It will share data to the crew. Also, robots will help astronauts to gain ice from craters.

2.1 Where do you want to build your Moon Camp?

We want to  build a base at the south pole of the moon.There are several important reasons why the lunar south pole is the best place to put a crewed base on.The mountain peaks near the pole are illuminated for large periods of time and could be used to provide solar energy. Its location is not only crucial for the production of solar energy, but they are also near to the craters in constant shade, where according to the studies water is buried in the ice. Water is a critical resource for long-term exploration and very important. In this region temperature is more stable and for astronauts appropriate climate will be useful. Finally, the craters at the south pole area block sunlight from going inside and it will create better living conditions and have a fossil record of hydrogen, which we might use for both breathing air and, more significantly, fuel.

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

First of all, we decided to make a settlement in the lunar crater, in which the biggest module will be created. Basically, these modules are places where living conditions will be. We agreed on the idea that it is the best option to build structures with lunar concrete, which is a mixture of Sulphur and aggregate (grains and crushed rock-normal concrete is aggregate, cement and water.) as it is non-porous, strong and doesn’t require water. Walls of the building will be sufficiently thick to block radiation from coming in. We know that the moon exerts a gravitational pull 1.6th that of the Earth, so we will be allowed to build less gravity-restricted structures. As I already mentioned, local materials should be used, but the launch costs from Earth for building supplies would be astronomical, so building materials should be mined rather than imported. One of the great examples is Lunar regolith, which can be used to cover parts of habitats to protect settlers from cancer-causing cosmic rays and provide insulation. Building a base and living in it will be much easier with 3D printing technologies. 3D printing offers a potential means of facilitating lunar settlement with reduced logistics from earth. Flying to the moon is very expensive, this way less money will be spent on the way to the moon. 3D printing technology has produced entire structures, It can simply be employed to build Lunar habitats.

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

The moon has no atmosphere. Its environment is brutal. Radiation is one of the main factors that affects human survival. If our module is covered with about 2 meters of thick lunar soil, the lunar regolith will protect living creatures from radiation. It is also important that the main part of the module will be created in the moon crater, which obviously is surrounded with lunar soil. The camp will use high-strength insulation and of course temperature control system.Moon camp will have different facilities for astronauts to be healthy. There will be fitness equipment to prevent astronauts muscles from decaying due to lack of gravity. There will be communication systems for residents to talk to friends and family, which will be better for their mental health. If something happens, devices will send signals to Earth about unforeseen events. If one module loses pressure, astronauts have a chance to leave the base.

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

Before the modules and base will be built, astronauts will bring some water from Earth. After the base is done, there will be separate buildings for water tanks. Water will be reused. All the wastewater will be collected and used again. We chose the South Pole because there is ice water. Astronauts with robots will gain ice and they will process and transform it into water. Water will be used for not only hygiene and drinking, also for electrolysis, aeroponics, fuel and so on.

In the beginning, astronauts will have food with them. Than, they will produce it there themselves. There will be building especially forgreenhouse. There are many possibilities to grow plants. For example, hydroponics, growing plant directly in water, aeroponics and hydroponic systems. They will grow different kind of plants there for balanced diet. Astronauts will provide carbon dioxide by breathing, and water for the plants could be extracted from the urine.We will give flowers sun 8 hours of the day.Very important part for feeding system is aquarium. Different kind of sea animals, fishes will be raised. We also can import food from Earth, similar meals like MREs. We will save food in a dry refrigerator, for the long-term expeditions.

We will maintain an array of solar panels facing horizontally with a rotational capability in order to track the sun through 360° over the course of the month. One of the main sources of electricity can be a fission surface power system. It can provide kilowatts of electricity. It may not seem a juice but it will be enough to power portion of the infrastructure and equipment needed by astronauts on the lunar surface. It can operate where the sun doesn’t shine. Both solar panels and fission surface power systems can provide enough power and electricity for moon camp.

We use water to get oxygen, in fact astronauts get most of their oxygen from water. As we know, water consists of 2 molecules of hydrogen and 1 molecule of oxygen. There is a water decomposition process called electrolysis. Electrolysis will be the main source of oxygen. As for the plants, as we know plants play the biggest role in getting oxygen, so we will make greenhouses that will be located close to the air building.Air will be supplied to theb uilding from where all buildings will bes upplie with oxygen. Based on lunar rock samples returned to Earth during the Apollo missions, scientists know that the lunar soil, or regolith, contains about 40 to 45 percent oxygen by weight. This makes oxygen the most abundant element on the lunar surface.

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

The most important purpose of Moon camp will be scientific. The first crew that will start building Moonbase will be scientists and engineers. It will give explores a chance to learn to live in a hostile environment, lower gravity and to explore moon/ Test different technologies and create new ones. Also, according to researches Moon is one of the best place to observe the space. Once, the many things will be explored and many technologies invented, the base will expand and It can be used for touristic purposes.
There also be the recycling center. We know that nuclear power stations have huge amount of waste, and putting them in the environment is very dangerous for humans, so we are going to make a permanent site to store nuclear waste for centuries to come. It will be under the moon ground so it won’t affect on humans’ health.

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

When an astronaut wakes up and rises from their rest station, they actually have similar cleanliness routines. An astronaut tidies up for the day utilizing the things in their own hygiene kit. With the help of little water, astronauts comb the no-rinse shampoo through their hair, since there are no genuine showers in space.
Then morning potty break. In space, it is more difficult than it is down here. The toilet works like a vacuum cleaner to suck air and waste into the commode. Apart from that, every astronaut has an individual urinal funnel. It has an attachment to the hose’s adapter and sucks air and pee through it into a wastewater tank.
Astronauts go to the “Space Gym”, to prevent astronauts muscles from decaying due to lack of gravity.
On breakfast, they will eat food in the room with gravitation on. Then an astronaut starts their work tasks for the day, which can involve several distinct assignments. Such as exploring moon land, taking care of plants, also finding ice with robots sssand more. For exploring the moon land they go to collect interesting samples and map new sites. Astronauts spend their time working on experiments that require their information. It includes checking projects that are controlled from the ground. Also, participate in clinical experiments to sort out how well their bodies acclimate to living in space for an extensive period of time. They should also consistently check support systems, clean channels, update computer equipment, and even take out the trash. Astronauts’ daily routine also involves exercising. At 10 pm astronauts are going to sleep in their sleeping bags situated in their personal crew cabin.

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