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Project MoonBase: Habitation

All day from Friday 26 March until Sunday 4 April

Times shown are in GMT (UTC +0) up to the 27th March. For events on or after 28th March times are in BST (UTC +1).

What do you need for life?  Air to breathe, water to drink and food to eat.  A source of energy for light, heat and communications.  If humans are to live on the Moon for more than a couple of days, they have to develop ways to fulfil these basic needs from the resources of the planet itself or, better, by recycling materials, gases and liquids perfectly.

Your task is to design a MoonBase for the Artemis Mission.  You should explain how your design will:
•    Recycle CO2 into breathable air
•    Recycle dirty water and sewage into drinking water and plant food
•    Feed the Lunar settlers
•    Generate electricity to run the MoonBase, for transport and communications
•    Contain gases and liquids so air and water are not lost to space

Your design can be in the form of pictures, a model, an illustrated written report, a website, a video or some combination of all of these.  The best entries will be collected into an online exhibition in summer 2021 and an in-person exhibition at the Department of Engineering, COVID permitting.

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NASA has announced plans to go back to the Moon.  These websites explain their plans.  What would you do the same?  What would you do differently?

This YouTube video shows how to make Blue Peter’s famous Tracy Island model.  Could you adapt this method to make a model of your MoonBase?  How would you keep the air in?

Film:  Wall-e   UK rating = U
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Wikipedia information:
Does this film show perfect closed-loop recycling where all materials are reused?

For older makers (12+)
Film:  The Martian   UK rating = 12
BBFC Information
Wikipedia information

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Additional Information

Age: All Ages
Timing: Available on Demand
Cost: Free
Event Capacity: No limits
Theme: Explore
Image copyright: Jack Young via UnSplash

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