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Lunar Research Station Design Challenge

Ms. Gragert's Class Holman Middle School

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Location:

We have chosen to put our research station in the southwest crater named Tycho. Some strengths are it‚s by the South Pole for sun and is 54 miles across. Being below ground level will help protect the station. A weakness is we‚re not sure if it‚s near titanium. Our model will be built in the landing outside our classroom.

Energy and Life Support:
We have chosen to have a solar power energy system with a battery back-up system. Solar energy will provide our heating and cooling system. Also fans will be part of our cooling system. Our design system will provideoxygen by the green house, which will flow through the tunnels into the rooms by fans. We will recycle our waste. We will recycle the solid
waste by turning it into fertilizer. We will recycle the liquid waste by purifying it then, turning it into water. The extra waste that can‚t be recycled it will be stored somewhere on the research station. Since our research station is under ground it will protect us some from the radiation.

Human Factors:
We will have a greenhouse for plants and oxygen, we‚ll have a recreation room/exercise room/kitchen, to be social, to exercise, to eat, and to have fun. We will have a laboratory for communication, and computers to research on. We also will have the sleeping rooms for privacy and sleeping. To communicate with personnel in the field we would use computers and
walkie-talkies from the laboratory. The people in the field will have the other walkie-talkies. To communicate with people on Earth from the space station we will use the computers, for example, web cams, and email.

Exploration and EVA Activities:
There will be three capsules. The first one will be to change into your space suit, the second one will be to lock off the first capsule and the third would be to purify the air that comes in when you leave. For equipment we will have capsules to put items in. We would have shovels, metal detectors, and tongs to pick up anything too hot or cold. To travel on the moon you could walk and you could have rovers.

Research Station Architecture and Materials:
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We will have four cylinder rooms making a triangle with a room in the middle. The middle room will be a green house so we can have plenty of oxygen. One of the other rooms will be a bedroom. In the bedroom there will also be bathrooms. We will have four bedrooms and four bathrooms. Another one of the cylinders will be a recreation and exercise room all put in to a half of room. It will be separated into two rooms with the other half being the kitchen. Our last cylinder will be totally devoted
to a lab room. Our research station will be below ground. It will be below ground because that will protect us from radiation and we can use solar panels above ground. It will also be more efficient and it will also take up less time. To build it below ground, it would take less money so we can use it on other needs such as computers, more technology for the lab room,
food, and better materials to build the research station with. To build this station we will need titanium.

student design

Contamination:

Since our research station is underground, it will help protect the explorers some from the radiation. To protect exposure to heat and cold we will use solar energy. A type of airlock door will help keep dust out and insulation will also help. We will help protect the moon by recycling waste. We will deal with carbon dioxide by the green house will help take the carbon dioxide. We will have to have a water purification system to deal with the grey water. For toxic waste we will store it on our
research station.

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NASA Official: Mark León
Last Updated: May 2005
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