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Lunar Research Station Design Challenge

Final Design
Phil Pack's Class
Wyoming Valley West Middle School
Abbey, John, Hannah, and James

Basic Group Parameters: (see Power Point Presentation)

  • Who is going? and What are their assignments?
    • An ASTRONAUT is needed to make sure that everybody gets to the moon safely and helps them to survive in the moon’s harsh conditions. The Astronaut should also be able to double as a Technician when needed.
    • A DOCTOR is needed to keep everybody healthy and prolong the stay on the moon. The Doctor should also be able to assist the Scientist when needed.
    • A SCIENTIST is needed to study the moon and help to determine whether humans can sustain life there. They would do this by performing experiments on the atmosphere, soil content, and other aspects of the moon. The Scientist should also be able to assist the doctor when needed.
    • A TECHNICIAN is needed to make sure that all of the computers and other devices work properly. Most important is any type of communication. It is extremely important to stay in contact with Earth. The Technician should also be able to double as an Astronaut when neede
  • How much space do they need?
    • LIVING QUARTERS: Each person would have 150 square feet of space for non-work activities. This would include eating, sleeping, and any down time. Altogether that would equal 600 square feet of living space for the four companions. This is about the same size as two very small rooms or one medium size room in an average apartment. However, this would make it easier to keep it warm and would not require as much oxygen as a larger room.
      The amount of working space would vary based on the equipment needed to run the experiments, create oxygen, run a small first aid station or small hospital, a waste management system and house supplies needed to survive. This can range from around 2,000 to 3,000 square feet or more.
      The total “space” needed is about 3,600 square feet

student rendition of space suit

student rendition of vehicle
base view of vehicle inside view of vehicle
Student model of station communicator student model with lab & kitchen
Student model of power plant
student design of air purifier

This is a model of our power plant for the moon. The taller pillar-like structures are there to support the dome that will cover the machinery. The silver antennas are for radio transmission. If there is a problem, a member of the crew inside can contact someone on earth or inside the shuttle. The grayish part with the tall antenna is the oxygen generator. Since the dome will be closed and the heat from the waste pit would sufficate inside. So we would need the oxygen in order to maintain a crew inside. The small men inside represent the crew. The crew would operate and fix the machinery. This would get all of its power from solar panels that would be placed on top of the dome. That is our description of our moon-set power plant.

description of air purifier storage unit for moon rocks
hot air & cool air exchange dome wall
protective dome passageway and greenhouse overview of station layout
another view of the station layout


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Last Updated: May 2005
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