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Lunar Research Station Design Challenge

Preliminary Design
Michael from Froghollow

student design

student drawing of detail

Some details:

How do you see out?
cameras

Why have you got a long hallway? Is this wasted space?
no because you can store your space sutes, tools, and other stuff and then you can acses all the rooms.

There are some problems with stability related to tunneling - how are you going to solve these?
Use triangles or anything without parralel lines because shapes with parrallel lines are floppy, they've got another side to bend with it.
(see cross section)

Are you lining these caves?
Yes

What's this oxygen room?
Pumps oxygen around the station - you just bring that amount with you and you have a generator that keeps changing the CO2 back into oxygen - like plants. Could be replaced with a greenhouse.

Power source?
Solar

Would it be easier to have the whole thing manned largely by robots controlled remotely from earth? Might be less efficient if we need to convert sunlight to food to human energy.
Yes well why DO we want to go to the moon?

Where and how are you going to live while you build this magnificent moonbase?
In your spaceship. A temporary home while you're building a lunar habitat is have a sheet of air tite plastic or some other type of stuff and plaster it over the entrance to a cave and puff oxygen into it by some type of pump.

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NASA Official: Mark León
Last Updated: May 2005
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