ECOSYSTEM : The Moon
TEAM MEMBERS : Louis-Éric Daignault, Félix Krauth, Christophe Leick, François Bergeron
A titan condemned to carry the celestial sphere on his shoulders for eternity; the legend becomes reality with the Atlas Project. Like his namesake, the project holds the task of ensuring stability and continuity of our epic, which extended to only Earth until now.
Now a ship, the heavenly body continues to carry humanity on its back. Transformed into a reliable means of movement in space, the Moon will not only be a reminder of our roots but will also address our history’s greatest expedition.
The moon plays a key role for the Earth. Being a satellite to our planet, it acts as stabilizer and ensures adequate living conditions. However, it does not represent a habitat favorable to human life. The absence of atmosphere, the weak protection against solar winds and its’ small size are major constraints to the implantation of humanity on the moon.
Atlas therefore does not propose to use the moon as a permanent habitat for humans, but rather as a temporary dwelling and means of transport to a planet offering greater viability for humans: the planet Mars. The goal is to turn the moon into a vessel capable of welcoming the human population and transporting it to Mars. This ship can be used when Earth is no longer inhabitable by humans. As Mars is approached, the moon will begin to orbit around it, providing a stabilizing force similar to the one it brought to Earth.
The first stages of the project will be devoted to the moon’s development and preparation. A habitable zone will be built under the surface, to be protected from solar winds and unstable temperatures, to create a celenothermy system and to use lunar stone to create oxygen. Scientists will work to develop a nuclear reactor capable of propelling the moon.
Once on Mars, the Prometheus project, launched in 2017, will permit plants to flourish and a greenhouse effect to be put in place. The terraforming of Mars by melting down the ice caps’ will have begun. In long-term, moving to Mars will allow humanity to remain in the habitable zone of our solar system, even with the evaporation of the sun.
In a distant future, the moon can be reused as a vessel, allowing humans to move to their next planet.