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Lunar Research Station Design Challenge

Final Design
Kelleen Farrell,
8th Grade Physical Science
Ione Junior High

 

Lunar Research Station

legos model of 2 floors
legos model of top floor legos model of bottom floor
legos model of animal pen/cafeteria drawing of animal pen/ cafeteria
legos model of lab drawing of lab

Architecture and Materials

  1. Should be built with titanium or heavy duty metal alloy
  2. It should also have a glass dome in the center for observation
  3. It needs enough bedrooms to support an entire crew of 12.
  4. We need a garage to hold the moon buggy.
  5. We also need four bathrooms spread throughout the station and showers
  6. We also need a space dock to land our shuttle and an airlock to protect the station from contamination.  This is to let the people aboard go on and off the station
  7. The living quarters, medical center and entertainment room should be below ground to protect the people sleeping.
  8. We can drop the water from the shower and human waste down to the core for purification and recycling.

What my group did was figured out some of the materials that we would need on the space! Some things that we had to figure out were what kind of material we would have needed for the outside of the space shuttle. Some thing that could of worked where glass plastic or at least something clear. Another thing that we needed to find out was how to get it up into the moon well I’m guessing that’s all we needed o another thing was how to design thee floor plans and how to get the stuff into space well yeah I think that’s all

Some troubles where how to get the materials into space.

Design

The lunar station should be above and below the ground. We think it would be safer to have most of the stuff under the ground because any flying objects wouldn’t hit it. The only thing that should be above the ground is the work areas covered by a dome. There is a lab with easy exit to get stuff to test from the moon. There is a garage to store the moon buggy and to fix it. The dome should be built out of a heavy material that people can through and it should be 6” to 9” thick, so it could last if an asteroid hits it or to last when there is moonquake. Underground would be where you live. It would have a gym so you could stay in shape. Every body would have a bathroom in their room. There would also be a bathroom in the lab, a dinning room, a gym and a place where people are going to socialize. The people who are going to be in the station need to have entertainment so there is going to be a movie theater and a game room. They need to have contact with the family from home so there is going to be a mailroom so they can write letters to their family!!

Location

We are going to build our space station in a crater.  We would do this because I think its better for us to land there. The strength of landing here is that we will have protection from winds and radiation.  The weakness is that we have to make a rocket fit in a big hole.  It will need to be close enough to the dark side of the moon where there is ice for water, but still be in the sun for the solar system to power our station.

overall model with location

Exploration

What I have leaned is that we need somewhere to get our habitat water!

 And it is a good idea that we used buggy so the astronauts can get around the moon and explore. Another great idea was a place for the astronauts to have a gym. The astronauts need to work out if they want to be in shape to go to missions. Another thing regarding the buggies is the strap we would have to put in seat belts on the buggies. The moon may have some gravity but not as much as earth John said! . If the buggies do not have seat belts and they hit a bump yell felt out!  We would need fuel for the buggies too! One question John asked was where is we going to get the fuel and how are we going to get it to the moon!

Contamination

    Our group designed a door and chamber to protect the astronauts from contamination.  The door has a pink sponge seal that holds the door down. The black line in the center of the door slides open like an elevator door. The blue and red circles on top of the door connect to the purple security code box and balances the astronauts body temperature to the temperature inside the lab station. The security code box uses a glove print instead of a fingerprint to signal the door to open. The green chambers are in front of the door and have Yellow cleansing rays that send out puffs that exterminate harmful carbon dioxide, toxic waste, and grey water.  There are two chambers to give extra protection to the astronauts. Green circular sensors in front of each chamber sense the astronauts’ movement and opens the small chamber door, and then the large gray door with the pink sealing sponge. To protect the moon from contamination from humans the chambers will clean all the non-healthy bacteria and all of the contaminations that could harm the moon. How we would clean all the contaminations is we would have a tube that you’d hook up to your space suit that would suck all the contamination out that just happens to be floating around.

Human Requirements 

Water- what we can do for water is use a portable water system like they used in the Apollo missions it provides water when ever it is needed like for drinking, personal hygiene, dehydrated food, and cabin cooling.

Food- they wont be able to have bread because it takes up to much room but they will be able to use tortillas because they don’t use as much room, they wont crumble and they make great Frisbees. When thy go in space the will be able to have brownies and fruit with out adding water but other foods require water like macaroni and cheese, spaghetti, dry milk, beef jerky, and popcorn. Of course we will have an oven to heat food to the right temperature. There are no refrigerators so we will have to store and prepare the space food properly to avoid spoilage especially on longer missions and we will have agreen house with edible plants like fruit and for vegetables we can have lettuce, beans, peppers, wheat act. We will have chickens then we have meat and eggs for food and we can have a fertilizer for greenhouse plants. 

 Energy- what I think we should do is have solar panels all around the shuttle so where ever the sun is the shuttle will have energy and we can also use waste like (some vegetables) for energy or as a alternative fuel  

  drawing of electrical & oxygen

Oxygen- what we can do for the greenhouse is have a supply of oxygen tanks in the greenhouse. There will be little holes in the tanks where there will be oxygen for the plants and the chickens.  The plants will reuse the oxygen and when the tank is running low there will be an alarm that will go off around the whole station.  Someone will have to change the tank or elsetheplants will die! We can do the same with the rest of shuttle and have people station the tanks. They get a break when they change the tanks and the alarm. When they finish they can do whatever they want.   

Water- what we can do for water is use a portable water system like they used in the Apollo missions it provides water when ever it is needed like for drinking, personal hygiene, dehydrated food, and cabin cooling.

Food- they won’t be able to have bread because it takes up too much room but they will be able to use tortillas because they don’t use as much room, they wont crumble and they make great Frisbees. When thy go in space the will be able to have brownies and fruit with out adding water but other foods require water like macaroni and cheese, spaghetti, dry milk,beef jerky, and popcorn. Of course we will have an oven to heat food to the right temperature. There are no refrigerators so we will have to store and prepare the space food properly to avoid spoilage especially on longer missions and we will have a green house with edible plants like fruit and for vegetables we can have lettuce, beans, peppers, wheat etc. We will have chickens then we have meat and eggs for food and we can have a fertilizer for greenhouse plants. 

 Energy- what I think we should do is have solar panels all around the shuttle so where ever the sun is the shuttle will have energy for heating, cooling, cooking, lighting, communication and we can also use waste like (some vegetables) for energy or as a alternative fuel   

  Spacesuits-used to explore the outside with air they have many devises that are useful like a radio, a camera, a water tank, lights and more. They can run up to 7 hours (continuously) 160 hours total. They weigh about 180 pounds with everything on it. Today’s spacesuits have oxygen supply and can protect the astronaut from any harm.

student drawing of space suit

Space Explorer (car)-used to explore other sides of the moon this craft can fit up to 7 people in side. It has belts that come across your chest so you can stay on the ground.


student drawing of exploration vehicle

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Last Updated: May 2005
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