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Lunar Research Station Design Challenge

Ms Jamison's Students, Warrington Middle School

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Human Factors

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Quiet Areas ˆ The quiet area will be located at the rear of the spacecraft. Six people can be in this room at one time. There are six desks for work or reading. There are also couches available for relaxing.

Privacy ˆ In the privacy area, only one person can enter at one time. The location of the area will be near their work spaces. Lockers for personal items, identification card reader with index finger scan to gain access, and video camera showing the outside door.

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Personal Communications ˆ You would put the earpiece on before putting on the spacesuit. After you put on the spacesuit, you would put the wireless Velcro keypad on your wrist.

Recreational Activities

Lunar Ball ˆ a ball is passed from person to person, but cannot be advanced by running. Only people allowed to move are those without the ball. A score is made when the ball is thrown into a goal.

Weightless Races ˆ held in the no gravity room, competitors will race in no gravity using swimming or running motions

Hazard Protection

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S8 Protector

The S8 protector is a machine that makes an invisible force field to protect Earth and research stations from lunar hazards. For example, if a meteorite is about to destroy a research station, the force field will come up and dissolve the meteorite into dust. A normal desk will be used to make the machine. A basket under the chair will be used to place the engine ˆ a normal car battery ˆ to power everything. A starter will be made to start the machine. A fuse box will be used for the keyboard, computer screen, and the transmitter for that will send all the information to the computer. An engine chip is used to basically give the machine a brain.

For the desktop, a keyboard is used to type the password and information to put the force field up. Then, a flat, wooded platform is used for a flat-screen computer screen so you can see the information given. To start the whole thing, a key switch is placed by the keyboard and you‚ll have to put a key in and turn it to start the machine.

Life Support

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Habitat House - In my life support system, the habitat is a dome. The dome is made out of glass/plastic to protect us from asteroids, meteoroids, and anything else that might hurt us. The dome is like a bubble, so it will have a circumference of about 200 feet to fit about fifty people. On each side of the dome, there is an air filter on each side. In the air filter, there are moon rocks and there is a hatch to crack them open to get oxygen.

Green House ˆ There is also a greenhouse that contains one of the two air filters. It is connected to the dome by a hallway and the green is a rectangular prism made of the same kind of material as the dome for protection. It is 30 feet in height, 20 feet in length, and 25 feet in width. It can hold at least 15-20 people. In the green house, it contains all the vegetable and fruits, etc. that we need to live.

Lights ˆ The lights are solar powered, but we only use them when it is dark outside. We use natural light in the daytime.

Heating/Cooling Unit ˆ The heating and cooling unit is solar powered also. It has a thermometer on the side to see what the temperature of the dome is.

Communication ˆ The communication is something like a cell phone, but you can call to Earth, if you have a good connection for the day. It is sort of like a walkie talkie and uses a solar powered battery. It has ten buttons on it with the number and symbols of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0. Everyone has their own number you can call from your phone.

Ralf & Khoa

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The Gazelle Mark 1 is basically a rover with a lot of attachments. No doors for easy access, two parallel bars to support the foldout radiation resistant roof, located in a control activated box located on the hood. The Gazelle is made of heat resistant steel and a second layer under it made of insulated padding. The exterior has four rough terrain wheels made of high impact rubber. Two solar powered headlights and a sample collector composed of a drill, sample holding compartments, and an automated mechanical hand. The defense system has six metal barrels and a proton generator taking solar power and turning it into dangerous energy rays. The communication system has a wide range antenna. The interior has two passenger seats, which are comfortable and durable. Driving controls consists of a steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, and a stick shift for the gears. Controls for the sample collector, radiation resistant roof, headlights, and communication systems are found here.

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EVA activities include, sample collecting, moon excavating, lunar mapping and photography.

Solar Powered Generator

The solar powered generator can give us electricity by taking energy that they gather from the sun and use it power stuff. Then when it gets dark, it will still have power from all the energy before. Each solar power platform transfers all the energy to the generator for electricity to power the communication tower, so we can communicate with phones. Then the oxygen pumps into the generator, so it can be able to power electricity.

Human Factors

Sport - Non Gravity Skateboarding

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The skateboard is made of wood and sandpaper. The tracks are made out of metal. The ramp will be made out of pressed wood with a sail to hold a 30 foot long bungey chord that you will strap on yourself so you won‚t float into space. There will be buckles on the skateboard so your skateboard won‚t fly off your feet in the air. The buckles will fit any size so you can move freely in and out of the buckles as you wish. The buckles will be made out of plastic and the ramp will be 7 feet by 20 feet.

Life Support

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In design #1, we will have some ocean animals to eat like we do now. To get them there we will take a female and a male of each kind of animal. That way they will reproduce more animals.

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In design #2, we will do the same thing and not have water. Instead we will have an oxygen filled environment. The domes will be made of three inch thick glass. There will be hoses coming in the domes holding water and oxygen so the animals will survive.



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Undergarments are used to keep the body cool. It will be made with mesh material. Sewn into the seam is a water tube (not to drink) so the body will stay cool. The bottoms of the undergarments will be made with an elastic waist band that will have a cool pack in it.

Space Suit

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The official space suit will be pressurized. It will be made with a triple layer nylon material. The inside of the pants will have a tie around the waist. The top will have a tie around the torso. It will not be bulky.


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The helmet will have oxygen. The helmet‚s oxygen will come from an all around oxygen burst from the interior of the helmet. It will cover the neck and everything else above. The eyes will be protected by a tinted shade.


The glove will be sheer. To protect the hand, a special cream will be applied.


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These will be the same color as the spacesuit. The bottoms will be made of chromel-R, a metal that will protect the foot from sharp rocks. The inside sole will have a silicon cover with mesh for comfort.

Every piece of clothing is made with nylon with the exception of the undergarment. Nylon is really strong and basically perfect for this situation. Clothing will be shiny for reflection purposes. Since it will be dark on the moon, everything worn should be able to reflect any light so people will be seen.

Space Toilet

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The space toilet is interesting. There will be one pair of space toilets per house or dome. First you strap yourself in. You do what you do then flush the toilet like you do on airplanes and it sucks everything down. Once full you change the waste collector. It along with other people‚s collections will be dumped into space and burned. As for other trash everything will be recycled.

Habitat ˆ Research Station

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The top layer is oxygen storage. The next layer down is Mission Control, where the shuttle is managed. The next layer down is Living Quarters, where the astronauts sleep. Their beds are hammocks made of heat resistant materials. The last layer down is Storage, where food, water, and other research materials are stored in boxes. Then there are the legs of the station/shuttle, which are used to land the station/shuttle. On the „feet‰ of the legs, there are inflatable pads for a softer landing.

I have one student who was absent today and needed to redo her design and description.

Also, there were five students (Cameron, Khoa, Ralf, Tyla, Shandera) whose questions were not answered and they really wanted to know the answers. Is it possible that their questions can still receive responses from the scientists?

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NASA Official: Mark León
Last Updated: May 2005
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