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Lunar Research Station Design Challenge

Olinca Cuernavaca School, in Mexico.
Miss. Dheming's 7th grade
Roberto, Guillermo, & Mercedes

Our presentation consists on 8 slides in Power Point, we have divides those slides in groups of 2 that makes 4 e-mails for you to see the whole presentation, they will be organized like this (this is the name that you will see for the attachment):

1.- part 1-2
2.- part 3-4
3.- part 5-6
4.- part 7-8

Slide will be posted as they are received.

                           The Moon

The Moon is the astronomical object closest to the Earth. The 20 of July of 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man who stepped on the floor of the Moon. The lunar gravity is sixth the terrestrial gravity; a man who weighs about 82 kilograms (180 pounds) in the Earth, will weigh only 14 kilograms (30 pounds) in the Moon. The Moon is to 384.403 kilometers from the Earth. Its diameter is 3.476 kilometers. The rotation of the Moon around the Earth lasts 27 days, 7 hours and 43 minutes. The Moon strongly was bombed in its early history. The meteoric impacts contributed to a great variety of "exotic rocks” to the Moon, of such form that the samples obtained in only 9 of the zones produced many different types of rocks for their study. The impacts also brought to light lunar rocks located to great depth and distributed their fragments on ample moved away zones of their origin, doing them more accessible. The Moon shines reflecting the light of the Sun and shows its characteristic phases during each orbit around the Earth.

*The construction

We plan to use the moonlit dust called regolitus, which is composed by a fifth of metals and a fifth of sicilyum. The dust can be used because it contains metals, for the construction of the foundations of the base. However it must be covered with a metal, preferably being plastic reinforced with carbon fiber because it is a very light and very resistant material.

*Oxygen, water and fuel

Watching carefully, there were found concentrations of a mineral called ilmenita on the moon. This is a mineral which is rich in titanium and iron oxide, from which oxygen could be easily extracted to provide air, water and fuel to the astronauts. These concentrations from ilmenita were found by Hubble satellite in the Aristarco crater, near where Apollo 15 and 17 landed on their preview missions.

*The food

This is a hard topic to explain, because the food would float on the ship and it would be too hard to grab it and eat it. What was done before is that food was sent on tooth paste recipients, but on this day you can’t risk the shipment’s system getting food into it. Most of the food is sent packed in cans or in ball shapes to occupy less weight and space and prevent them from decomposing. Astronauts rehidrate this food on board of the ship with hot water; and sometimes, they get fresh fruit and vegetables sent from Earth in modules or with robots.

*The communication

You can communicate in space through a radio, since its waves are capable to travel in space. All you have to do is to align the ship of communication center and the base on Earth with precision and you can have clear communication.

*The transportation

We plan to use a vehicle similar to a car and can travel through the entire moon. We can leave the station and do research on the surface of the moon. Preferably, it will be an aerial vehicle, so it can go fast and not get stuck on parts of the moon.

The space suits

To be able to walk on the moon without problems, we will use space suits for it when we are on its surface doing investigation, everything.

The bathrooms

Water won’t be able to float in the bathroom because, as explained before, the station will be located on the Eros Crater, where there is a part of the Moon’s contained atmosphere and where we will


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Last Updated: May 2005
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