[a lunar safari]
Collaborator: Claire Gaspin
3rd Place: 24 Hr. Competition, 7th Edition: Moon, 2015
In 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin hoisted the first flag on the moon - representing the “giant leap” in our world’s scientific and technological history. Nearly fifty years and several subsequent trips to the moon later, we are still finding surfaces to roam, materials to explore, and technology to advance. Our proposal “Moonboxes” seeks to bring an exciting and adventuresome safari to the moon. The main purpose is to allow visitors and researchers to roam freely in their Moonboxes, which also double as mobile living and sleeping units. Arriving via spacecraft, the visitors are first approached by a large airlock space that transitions into a common-area for gathering. The six boxes are connected to the central common-area where the pods can charge while garbage and excrement are contained and disposed. There are three pods for the researchers, one for the pilot, and two for the four tourists visiting the site. The proposed boxes are prefabricated titanium and aluminum boxes that are supported by hydraulic suspension and move via a track & roller mechanism. The Moonboxes could wander up and down hills, exploring every nook, cranny, and crater the moon has to offer.