Mission Moon 101's lunar base Project
I am Aanya Maheshwari
I am Aadi Maheshwari
I am Chamil
I am Camila Scholte
The group name that we chose for our project is Mission Moon 101. The reason why we chose this name is because we actually have a lot of options to research on the moon. The area we believe to be a good place for our moon camp is the South Pole because we can get sunlight for solar panels to power the camp and we can find ice water as well. Our moon camp has a total of 15 rooms. The number of people accommodated at a time on the base are 12 astronauts on our moon camp. Four astronauts are in-charge of the experiments, four for the research, two people are doctors /dieticians and two engineers to check the shuttle. Our moon camp is designed to make the astronauts feel as comfortable as possible. Our mission is to create a base on the moon that makes the astronauts feel like they are on earth. We have picked 3 experiments for the astronauts to do, those are: extracting water and oxygen from ice, checking if animals like gorillas and chimpanzees can survive on the moon and the most important was to find out more about the moon core and surface. We chose the most important components like a kitchen, washroom, bedrooms, etc. Additionally, we also have an entertainment area for the astronauts to take a break.
Where do you want to build your Moon Camp?
We chose the South Pole.
Why did you choose this location?
We chose this location because it has the most amount of ice (which is used for drinking, bathing, cooking, etc.). It also has sunlight most of the time which will help with continuous powering of the moon camp with the solar panels.
How do you plan to build your Mooncamp? Which materials will you use?
We have robots who will help the astronauts in assembling the parts. Some of these parts will be sent from Earth and others will be 3D printed on the moon. Small parts like lamps, cabinets and shelves will be installed by the astronauts while the others like the walls and the Whipple shield will be built by robotic rovers.
How do you plan to provide the astronauts with the follwoing things?
We will collect water vapor from the air exhaled by the astronauts and purify it to make it clean and drinkable.
In the beginning we will send food that is properly sealed using rehydratable methods which are ready to eat food from earth and then we will send soil pillows and grow our own plants in the farming.
Because we will get lots of sunlight at the south pole, we will use solar panels and batteries to store and use the power for the whole moon camp.
Initially supply of oxygen is provided from the earth and later on the method of electrolysis which will use water from air exhaled, water from urine and waste water to convert it into oxygen. The process of electrolysis can be a bit risky so we will have it as an out of bounds zone.
We will get protection by making a Whipple Shield (i.e. multi layered walls made up of moon’s concrete) around the entire moon camp. We will also have satellites orbiting the room which will inform us about any disturbance by an asteroid in space.
Describe a day on the Moon for one of your Moon Camp astronauts
The astronauts will be following the Greenwich meridian time zone.
They will be waking up at around 6 o’clock in the morning and then will get ready till 7 AM, then they will do some exercise for 1 hour and eat breakfast at 8:30 AM. They will then go on doing their roles and will check the base camp for any issues or problems. Astronauts who are assigned as scientists will be conducting the experiment in the chemistry and biology labs.
The astronauts who have been assigned as doctors/dieticians will be taking a full body checkup of every astronaut to find out if they have any problems or infections.
At around 1 o’clock the astronauts will come back together and eat lunch. After this they will discuss if they have found any problems or new things about the moon or the camp.
They will then have around a 45 min break where they can either talk to their families on earth or spend time in the entertainment room and watch TV or play games.
They will then again go back and do their tasks. At 6 PM they will eat dinner and then they will relax by reading books, talking about their or watching tv, or doing whatever they want.
They will then sleep at 9 PM. And then they repeat the whole process.