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Lunar Research Station Design Challenge

Final Design
Anne Zarybnisky’s Class
Kenneth J. Carberry Intermediate School

Topic:  Entry and Exit  
Team members: Brandon, Victoria, Kylie            

   Our design will support protection from entry to exit the living quarters to the outside. The system of the design starts in the crater and goes to the airlock in the dome. First, the explorers walk into a room where they put on their spacesuits on. Then they go through another pair of doors that are tight plastic sealed. After that they are in a room where gas comes down from the ceiling that cleans off all the germs and dust from their spacesuits. Next they go through another pair of doors that leads into a room that curves upward with a hatch on the ceiling. The explorers go through the hatch where they enter the airlock. They pull a lever from the ceiling which opens the airlock. This system can also be used when coming inside. That is how we made our design from entry to exit.

student drawing of entry & exit

lego construction of entry & exit

This is the Lego construction of our entry and exit.

Topic: Location
Team members: Alexis, Amanda, and Connor

In Idaho we are thinking of putting the habitat at Timber Butte. We also need to make sure we are by some ice so we can get water. Shackleton Crater has ice deposits. The moon has 21% oxygen. The habitat should be in the smoothest crater on the moon. It should be in a crater because in craters are smooth, it’s not rocky, and you don’t have to dig as much as you would not in a crater.

Topic: Contamination
Team members: Tyler, Levi

     Our group learned that moon dust contains iron, and that radiation can give you cancer and can destroy your tissue. Slag and water can absorb radiation, and moon dust contains 15 kilograms of air. Air is very rare on the moon. A robot can safely leave the dome in search of radiation. A magnet in the rubber room will remove the moon dust.

student drawing of dome

Topic: Human Factors
Team members: Joey, Teresita, Alison, Kr

In the Human Factors of this section we have learned that building a NASA outpost is harder than it looks. We have to design various rooms. Due to gravity and oxygen it is not very easy. The moon is a very dangerous place because there are moon swirls, moon quakes, radiation, weakness of bones if you don’t exercise, and lack of oxygen. On the moon you have to protect your hips as well as many other parts of your body too! You also have to worry about the two weeks of darkness. There are many viruses and diseases, but due to no medicine transport from Earth to the moon, illness is harder to cure.

So we have to put in hammock beds, oxygen tanks, a generator room with a backup, bathrooms, living quarters, bedrooms, a kitchen, a greenhouse, a laboratory, meeting room, fire alarms, a food storage, and a cold storage room. That’s what we have for human factors for the moon outpost.

Human Factor Original Design

student original design

Final Interior Habitat Design
drawing of Final Interior Habitat Design

Topic: Life Support
Team members: Logan, Kassandra, William, Brandi, Adriana 

      Our group has learned that you can get water from moon rocks and from urine .You can also get oxygen from moon rocks .When we get water, we can also get oxygen from it. Another thing that we learned is that some moon dust is magnetic.  

            This is our mine. Men with tools dig the rock. Our mine is where moon rocks go up an escalator into the crushing machine. Then the rock gets crushed.  Crushed rock falls into buckets.  After that it goes to storage where it gets pushed into rows.  After that, the water goes into storage were it is sent to homes. We would put the Outpost at the North Pole so we can get water from the moon rocks.

student drawing of a mine

lego portrayal of mine
This is the Lego and K’nex model of the mine escalator and collector/crusher in the foreground of our display.

Topic:  Architecture of Moon Base

Living on the Moon would be fun but not easy.  You need many supplies.  The design was really hard to decide if it was going to be in a crater and if it was going to be a circle or a cylinder.  We decided to make it a circle, and we are going to put it in a crater. 

The thing that looks like a doughnut is a capsule with a robot on the bottom.  The robot goes down to the moon and picks up the people.  It comes back up top the capsule and connects to it.  Then the transporter goes back to earth.  The transport holds four people.

student drawing of exterior

This outpost design includes two domes, 1 transport, 5 tanks of oxygen, 3 solar panels, 2 tanks of water, 1 hospital, 1 kitchen, 1 garage, 1 moon rover, 4 robots, 2 bedrooms, 1 satellite transmitter/receiver, and1 energy storage. This design also includes 1 greenhouse, 1 research lab, and food/equipment storage.

lego representation of exterior

student drawing of interior

The large dome has most of the living space while the smaller dome has the recreation room and the experiment room.  The green path around the dome is the launch strip with the rover at the end.  There is a station for the robots on the path near the dome.

OVERALL DESIGN OF THE OUTPOST including landing strip. 
(The larger glass dome was removed from the living and entry areas for photographic purposes.)


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