LunaRoot is situated in the South Pole region of the Moon. Due to the constant sunlight and proximity to ice water, the polar region is the perfect location for this lunar station to plant its seeds and grow. The fascinating aspect of the lunar soil is that all necessities for human life, such as oxygen and water, as well as building materials and rocket fuel, could be derived from it.
The idea of this project is to extract lunar resources, convert them to human needs (oxygen water etc) and make them accessible through an infrastructure emerging from the ground. The construction consists of 3D printing with the lunar soil. The lack of gravity and a vacuum environment allows the possibility and the ease to build vertically.
Due to the constant sunlight, solar power is the main energy supply for this project. The first stage of this construction process is to print solar cells (which materials are also found in the regolith composition), on the lunar surface. From then, an unlimited solar power supply could be generated and building materials could be manufactured.
Once the infrastructure is 3D printed, inflatable modules are sent and connected to the structure, where they will have access to the needed resources.
To protect from solar radiation, thick regolith walls are printed around the infrastructure. To allow natural lighting through the regolith, mirror parabolas are reflecting the light inside.
Living on the Moon is challenging for humans; therefore, physical and psychological factors should be considered. The different inflatable pods for the researchers and the tourists are connected to greenhouse cores, where hydroponics plants grow on the walls and where the infrastructure and the lack of gravity allows humans to climb, slide and jump from places and circulate around the pods networking. This way the vegetation helps to minimize the stress caused by Earth nostalgia and the circulation pathways through the greenhouse, improves the physical activity by reducing the process of bone mass reduction due to the lack of gravity.