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


To design and build a model transportation system for a human settlement on the Moon.

Key Words



"Moon ABCs Fact Sheet"

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


What are some different ways we transport people and goods on Earth?

What physical features of Earth do these methods require in order to function?

Write down the strong points and limitations of each transportation system you listed in Question 1.

What do you think would need to be transported on the Moon in each of the following situations:

  • within the Moonbase settlement,

  • between the settlement and other points on the Moon.

Review the "Moon ABCs Fact Sheet." Do you think any of the transportation methods on Earth (from Question 1) would be impractical on the Moon? Why or why not?

Which transportation methods on Earth do you think would be particularly useful on the Moon? What features might you have to modify?

Design a transportation system to be used by the Moonbase inhabitants which will have components to satisfy the different situations they could encounter (Question 4). For this activity you may assume that some of the basic construction materials you need will be transported from Earth to the settlement. You may also assume that ample electricity will be available.

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." For example, how will the Moon's gravity affect the design of your system? Maybe your system will be very heavy but still portable by only a few Moonbase workers because the Moon's gravity is only 1/6th of Earth's gravity.
Make a detailed and labeled sketch of the model.

Go to "Moon ABCs Fact Sheet."

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