NASA has revealed some of its plans for life on the Moon.
The US space agency’s Artemis program hopes to return astronauts to the Moon by 2024.
One of the program’s aims is to create an “Artemis Base Camp” that will allow humans to live for short periods of time on the lunar* surface.
The most likely location for the camp is in the Shackleton Crater on the Moon’s south pole.
NASA is planning for four astronauts to live in accommodation there, possibly for a week at a time.
If humans were to stay any longer their accommodation would require more complicated things such as a water and waste disposal system, radiation* shielding*, a launching pad and infrastructure* for power.
The base camp information was included in a 13-page report submitted to the National Space Council and was titled “NASA’s Plan for Sustained* Lunar Exploration and Development”.
Two transport systems have been suggested, including a lunar terrain vehicle.
The other vehicle is referred to as a habitable* mobility platform that could transport crew from the base. This vehicle would be used for longer trips as it would be contained and pressurised*, whereas the lunar terrain vehicle would require a human to wear protective clothing.
The habitable vehicle would be very similar to a camper van.
The Moon base is intended to help astronauts eventually prepare for a space flight to Mars.
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- lunar: relating to the Moon
- radiation: the release of energy as waves
- s hielding: protection
- infrastructure: things such as buildings, roads and power supplies
- sustained: continuing for a long time without stopping
- habitable: liveable
- pressurised: produce or maintain raised pressure artificially in a gas or its container
- What is the name of NASA’s Moon program?
- When does NASA hope to return to the Moon?
- Where is the base camp most likely to be located?
- What would the habitable vehicle resemble on Earth?
- Which planet does NASA hope astronauts will fly to from the Moon?
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Using the information from the article, draw an image of what you think the Artemis Base Camp may look like.
Consider the materials the astronauts would need to use to build the accommodation and how the vehicles they use may look.
Take care to make the lunar surface look realistic.
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How many proper nouns can you find within this article? Find them all and sort them into the category of name, place, time (date/month).
- Can you find any proper nouns included in your writing?
- What are they?
- Can you sort them into their categories?
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