Hawai'i Space Grant Consortium, Hawai'i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, University of Hawai'i, 1996


To design and build a model electrical power supply system for a human settlement on the Moon.

Key Words


solar power

nuclear energy


"Moon ABCs Fact Sheet"

construction materials
such as cardboard boxes
and tubes, blocks, hoses,
straws, string, pins, rubber
bands, tape, etc.


Think of all the things you do during a regular school day, from the minute you wake up until the time you go to sleep. List each activity which requires electricity.

What other activities in your town, city, or state use electricity?

What is the source of the electric power for your town or city? Is it a steam generating plant that burns natural gas, oil, or coal? Is it a nuclear-fission plant?

List other ways to produce electricity.

How is electricity transmitted from the generating plant to other places?

Review the facts you have learned about the Moon. Do you think the lack of atmosphere, natural gas, oil, and coal on the Moon would affect the production of electricity? How? Would materials have to be shipped from Earth? Should the lunar settlement rely on materials shipped from Earth? Your team's job is to supply the electricity needed by the life support systems at the Moonbase.

Review the "Moon ABCs Fact Sheet." Design an electrical power generating plant and transmission system for the Moonbase inhabitants. Important issues to consider include pollution, radioactive waste storage, length of daylight on the Moon, and power storage.

Construct a model of this system based on your design. It must include the application of at least four facts from the "Moon ABCs Fact Sheet."

Make a detailed and labeled sketch of the model.

Go to "Moon ABCs Fact Sheet."

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