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Lunar Research Station Design Challenge

Final Design

Ms. Dheming's Students
Cuernavaca, Mexico
Antar C, Tonalli A y Bernardo N


    Crater Copernicus: This crater is located on the northeast of the moon, it is very near the North Pole, it is visible if you use binoculars; this crater has 800 million years old, starting the Copernican era. This is part of the timeline on the moon, its length is about 93 Km and its depth is about 3.8 Km. The one who put this crater Copernicus was: Giovanni Rioccioli. This crater was first photographed on 1966. The first thing that has to be done is to look for this crater, once located we will send a few robots to mount the base this base will be done with graffito because built like this it will be more difficult for it to get harmed we will locate the base on a crater because its to difficult that a meteorite crashes there again. Once constructed the base, it will be divided by two, one half will be the investigation room where is going to be located the LAB and the communication room. In this room there is going to be communication with the earth and with other astronauts if they are out on a smaller mission. And the other half will be the resting room where it will be located the beds, the bathroom, and the kitchen. There will be a robot that will go to the North Pole to bring ice, then in the base it will be melt and then it has to be purified to prevent that the astronauts get sick after this process a part of it will be poured on tines. Because the moon is like the desert in c1imate situation in the day is too hot and at night is too cold there will be a solar panel that will be absorbing the sun's light during all the day and at night depending on the cold it will release part or all the electricity that absorbed. The food has to be the one that doesn't need refrigeration after opened the same thing has to be applicated to the drinks. In the moon the lunar dust is very dangerous because it has toxins and if it's breath by the astronauts inside the base, it could be dangerous for them because it's mortal, so something has to be done. The entire lunar surface is covered with regolith, bedrock is exposed only on very steep-sided crater walls and the occasional lava channel. This regolith has been formed over the last 4.6 billion years by the impact of large and small meteoroids and the steady bombardment of micrometeoroids and solar and galactic charged particles breaking down surface rocks. The term "lunar soil' is often used interchangeably with "lunar regolith" but typically refers to the finer fraction of soil, that which is composed of grains one centimeter in diameter or less.

  • various shots of the research station


    Moon bases should be built underground for protection against the sun's radiation, extremes of heat and cold, and meteoroids. The house will be built underground. The house will have electricity with a solar panel. The toilet and pipe line will be made of aluminium so won't be easy to break under the toilet there will be a container where the waist will be kept and then use as a fertilizer for plants. The toilet will have a belt buckle to secure the astronauts from the gravity. Instead of a shower there will be wet towels with soap and anti-bacterial. The toothbrush will have the toothpaste include so it won't be waist.An aid-kit must be in the bathroom.


    The astronauts will have a gym, where they can exercise during the day and maintain a good shape and health condition. The training equipment will be manual, to kept energy out. The room entertainment will have a DVD. To watch movies, video games and training courses.


    The food will be dehydrated with A vitamins to keep the astronauts nutrition. They will use thermos instead of glasses to kept the Iiquid. To keep the crew alive, a manned spacecraft has a life­ support system. This provides the astronauts with air, food and water. It allows for breathing, eating, drinking, elimination of body wastes, sleeping, exercise and recreation all in temperature controlled environment.

    drawing of dimentions of station

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