December 27, 2016 | Corps of Discovery: Mission 3
Welcome to the International Alphonsus Lunar Celestial Vortex Park!
I Welcome to the International Alphonsus Lunar Celestial Vortex Park
Yonder has long been fascinated with the Moon; its rough and barren terrain, minimal gravity, and celestial solitude manifest an unquenchable desire to explore. It is reassuring to see that a synergy of thought has begun to coalesce around lunar exploration and investigation. What for many had long been viewed as a pipe dream is becoming an actuality. In eager anticipation of the 2020 launch, Yonder has reached out to our most esteemed contractors and contributors in order to immediately begin preparations for this expedition.
The gravity of this expedition is not to be taken lightly and we have activated our best resources and contractors to develop the itinerary, equipment, and resources essential to successfully completing our mission. While most of these are still in the early stages of development, they nonetheless show that development is well underway for our most audacious project yet.
II Proposed IALCVP
- A – IALCVP Welcome Center and Day Hike Areas: This will be the main lodge component of the IALCVP as well as the transit center for visitors arriving and leaving the moon. Will include curated accommodations and a wide selection of dining options at various levels of affordability and comfort. Just a quick rocket shuttle from the Welcome Center, the day hiking area is perfect for families, friends, and hikers interested in seeing what the IALCVP has to offer without getting too far away from the creature comforts of the Welcome Center. Take in stunning views of Earth and the majestic walls of the carter with the ones you love.
- B – Solitude Exploration Zone: For visitors in need of some solo time on the Moon we’ve created the Solitude Exploration Zone. A strict visitor quota will be in effect in this region to ensure that you can enjoy the stark and haunting beauty of being alone on the Moon!
- C – Obsidian Lake and Lunar Plains: In this region the IALCVP will maintain strict surveillance on the usage of non-celestial light so that visitors can revel in the full experience of the lunar night while gliding across the depthless and majestic Obsidian Lake.
- D – Rugged Terrain and Adventure Park: Located on the steep and treacherous NW walls of the carter, the RTAP speaks to those looking to take advantage of the Moon’s limited gravity. Ski, snowboard, and mountain bike runs, crater parkour and team-building courses, bungee jumping, and Moon bounding zones are set up within this area for those who think taking it too the limit means more than just setting foot on the Moon.
Conceptual Renderings of Moon-Based Activities Art by Ron Miller.
Corps of Discovery Lunar Bicycle The primary vehicle for the initial survey of the IALCVP, designed by Erik Nohlin.
- 1. Next-generation photovoltaic cells will provide the bulk of Moonjammer's onboard life support, communication, and navigation.
- 2. Energy will also fill fuels cell stored in the side Burra Burra compartments to provide back up power if issues occur.
- 1. Radio will remain the best way to communicate on the lunar surface, and it will be part of the COD's mission to scout and install repeaters to ensure seamless communication throughout the park.
- 1. Integral to the three E's of the COD's mission will be the capture of imagery from the Moon's surface and the COD's interaction with the environment throughout the course of their expedition.
- 2. Pairs with matching camera on rear of vehicle.
- 1. On the surface of the moon water will be in short supply, as in non-existent.
- 2. Hydration is critical to the success of this expedition and the Moonjammer is equipped with prototype water filtration units that capture 98% of the water from urine collected by capture units in the crew's suits.