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Lunar Research Station Design Challenge

Final Design
Ms. Russo's Class Team 1
Putnam County

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Lunar Analog Research Station

Location: On Earth -- In a baseball field, because it‚s dusty, you can dig there, and you could use solar power. But it‚s a bad spot because people play there, it‚s a small area, and because it‚s perfectly flat.

On Moon -- Curtius, a crater, because it‚s close to the pole where there might be polar ice. It would also have daylight and darkness. And that side faces Earth, so the people on the moon can see Earth and not be so homesick.

Energy / Life Support:

Power Supply -- I wanted to use nuclear, solar, and man power (made by exercising). There will be a power storer next to each bathroom to store power and to say on a chart with their names how much the exercised. And there will also be hand cranks to help store power.

Air Supply -- Made by plants in the greenhouse. The air will be circulated by fans. There will also be a few plants in every room to help clean the air.

Human Factors:

Exercise & Relaxation --  All exercise equipment will be right next to each bedroom. Each person must exercise a certain amount each day. (It will show up on a machine). Each person will have their own room. There will be plants in every room to make it seem more homey. 

Food Production & Dining Facilities -- Food will be grown in the greenhouse or brought. The dining room will be in the center of the „Living Quarters‰ floor.

Sleeping Quarters -- Each person will have their own room. They will all be located in the corners next to the bathrooms and exercise rooms.

Communication:

On Moon -- I chose walkie talkies to be the communication on the moon because they are light, portable, and they can be cranked to store power.

With Earth -- I chose satellite communication because all you would have to do is put a satellite in orbit around the moon that can receive and give a signal to a satellite orbiting the Earth.

Exploration / EVA Activities:

Transportation -- I chose four wheelers with small rockets attached to the back, for going fast. 

Tools for Mining -- The tools for mining would be a shovel, pick axe, hammer and chisel. I would also use robots and fork lifts.

Architecture and Materials:

Shape / Dimensions -- My Lunar Base is in the shape of an octagon. Each outside wall of the Lunar Base is 20 feet long.

Materials -- My material is moon regolith mixed with cement.

student layout of station layout

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Last Updated: May 2005
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