Three themes

for a visionary project

The first crewed missions to the Moon are planned for 2026, with a self-sustaining, long-term presence from 2030

Welcome to an unwelcoming environment!


200 times the radiation levels at the Earth’s surface


Temperature variations from +120°C during the day to -170°C at night or even -230°C


Pervasive moon dust (“regolith”) that is magnetic, porous, abrasive and allergenic


Only one-sixth the gravity on Earth


No atmosphere, and therefore directly exposed to the Sun’s heat


3 days away from Earth by crewed flight, so essential to use in-situ resources

Lunar resources


To map and quantify the essential resources available on the Moon

Future lunar explorers will need innovative solutions for:



To enable future Moon workers to establish a sustainable settlement on a lunar base that operates on a frugal, local and circular basis

Some of the challenges faced:

Life support


To understand and pre-empt the health risks for a crew that will have to spend several months in a hostile environment

This part concerns:

Close-up on an inspirational project

The Toulouse-based MEDES Space Clinic is a partner of the TechTheMoon incubator and conducts studies on musculoskeletal and cardiovascular deconditioning and the psychological effects of long-term confinement.

During the ISS Proxima mission, CNES tested Aquapad, a device for detecting microbial contamination of water, in partnership with BioMérieux.
This technology has now found an application on Earth, for detecting cholera in high-risk areas.