Students take their imagination to the lunar surface in the latest Moon Camp Challenge

Wed, 22 Jun 2022 04:56:37 GMT
Space Daily

Paris, France (SPX) Jun 22, 2022 From a base built by rovers and astronauts using in-situ resources...

From a base built by rovers and astronauts using in-situ resources at the lunar south pole to a north pole facility with surface and subsurface living/working areas, the 2021-2022 Moon Camp Challenge's winning projects once again highlighted students' ability to envision the future of space exploration.

This fourth edition of the Moon Camp Challenge involved a record participation of 5,649 pupils from 53 countries worldwide, who were tasked with imagining future sustainable lunar settlements with the help of 3D-modelling tools.

Working in teams, the participants were first required to understand how astronauts could live on the Moon.

The next step was to design a Moon camp adapted to the environment, taking into account the use of local resources and providing protected living and working facilities for the astronauts.

My congratulations to all participants in this latest Moon Camp Challenge, I am encouraged to see that 40% of the participants were girls.

The Moon Camp Challenge involved three levels of complexity for students between the ages of 6 and 19: Moon Camp Discovery; Moon Camp Explorers; and Moon Camp Pioneers.

3D modelling for the students' Moon camp settlements All three categories used Autodesk's 3D online modelling software to create three-dimensional Moon camp models.

Students in the Moon Camp Pioneers' first place team from France's Lycee Germaine Tillion said they "Learned an astronomical amount of things" during the competition, adding: "We clearly understood the dangers of living on the Moon, and why it's extremely difficult for astronauts to be there - even with all the advances in technology."

Magdalena Pochylska, a teacher for the Moon Camp Explorers winning team from Poland's V Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace, said she was pleased with how the Challenge helped her students develop their skills.

The possibility of the first-ever European astronaut to set foot on the Moon, a telecommunication satellite for lunar exploration and a mission to return precious rock samples from Mars were all discussed.

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