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Lunar Research Station Design Challenge

Preliminary Design
Mr. Gleeson's Class, Everglade Primary, New Zealand

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We have chosen rm11 as our analogy because its private, no one else can damage it, we don’t need money to pay for using it, we don’t need parent helpers, its much safer, it’s reasonably sized, it can be secured after use.

Other locations that were mentioned were White Island, underwater the harbour.

Features of the Room 11

Comparison between room 11 and the moon

Shielded/ insulated wall

Air pocket that heats up during the day. Heat released into base on demand



Kitchen food store

Main control with back up generator

Living quarters


Rocket / shuttle lurnch site

Double lock down doors

Titanium used in supports
Super plastics used – heat and pressure resistant

Radiation shielding used

Can be located anywhere on the moon

Shapes used to help build structures. Stronger than squares, easier to make compared to solid hemispheres.

Emergency exit in case of evacuation. Some compartment able to be physically moved.

Air locks each end of joining tunnels to contain possible contamination / emergency.

Base capable to support number of astronauts aloud by oxygen demand and supply.

Design dependent on resources and money

Contamination / protection

Fire extinguisher – in case of fires
Space suites – to protect astronauts while on the moon

Changing machine – this is a place where astronauts are able to get changed into space suites or inside clothing. We have put it in a separate room, so air doesn’t get sucked out or dust to come in.

Contamination room – contains a filter, a buggy powered by nuclear based battery and solar panels

Gravity switch – like on cartoons (technology yet to be developed)

Screen to see what is happening outside.


Nuclear power plant – waste to be transported back to earth

Big batteries to store energy

Solar panels to collect energy located around the moon, wires coming back to the base.

Heat converters to create energy


Space suites
Moon buggy – with large nuclear battery and solar panels
2 Air lock doors
Buttons to open doors – only one door can be opened at a time. Large doors to fit buggy.
Garage to store equipment / suites.

Life support

Oxygen tanks brought from earth
Also gain o2 and water from waste group

Large, ceiling to floor, clear Perspex cylinders containing water and plankton. Plankton can almost fill entire area of cylinders, compared to trees where space for woody material needed. Plankton gets nutrients from waste and air bubbled through it. This mixes the plankton so all of them end up getting some light. Good air is take off the top and used. Plankton that grows can be eaten or feed to the plants in bio-dome to prevent overcrowding.

Oxygen candles for emergency

Food and water brought from Earth.

Recreation room

Playstation 2, computers

To communicate with Earth we need a 60ft antenna. This could also be used to communicate around the room.

2 way radios,




Exercise machines using rubber bands.

Research / lab

Moon dust/ rock samples
Computers – stores programmes and info
Small vacuum cleaner – to suck up dust from sample for removal out of base
Microscope to look at samples

Waste recycling

Bio-type-dome, soil, trees and plants.

Dirty water pumped in, feeds the plants. Water leaves plants, condensers on walls, rolls into gutters to go to secondary treatment plant (filters) before being used again.

Air can be pumped in and out moving it around the base in air tubes.

Light is reflected in off mirrors, bounces off crystal on ceiling to get to plants. Or dome has solar panels to power lights and fans used in structure.

Solid / sewerage wastes have water removed and are sent back to Earth.

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NASA Official: Mark León
Last Updated: May 2005
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