Greetings from the future home of the NOMAD Galactic space program's Mission Control Center. In our larp-meets-science, kid-run space program largely inspired by Tom Sach's Space Program, we are collaborating with Brightworks' space program, BWASA, to build the parts of and enact a lunar mission.
We have a few exciting protects in the works: a small scale version of a rocket launch for special effects (where we can't create working, life-size models/machines/components, we will make the special effects to give the illusion), a lunar habitat prototype, a spacesuit, and mission control that will remotely communicate with the astronauts within a 1,000 ft radius.
We have a lot of research to do for all of our projects. Kerbal Space Program has been a great simulator for us to learn about physics related to space flight.
Using a makeshift compass made from a mop stick, we drew and then cut a plastic circle for a cone-shaped HAB prototype.
After some semi-calculated geometry, we put the pieces together...
And arrived at a functional end product.
We have a few other side projects going on, too: model rockets, NOMAD Galactic logo making, the reading of "Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight" by Margaret Lazarus Dean, and minecraft rocket models to show booster phases in space.
We have our work cut out for us, but we are off to a great start!