2055: Marmosets invade the Moon for an experiment

This summer, Challenges gives you a leap into the future. As part of our series on rupture scenarios, we publish projections, in a summarized and republished version, made by Red teama team of science fiction writers assembled by the Defense Innovation Agency, but also scenarios imagined by us, written by specialists, external contributors or imagined by our partner The Economist. As this. Good reading.


They can be a little disconcerting, with their oddly small faces compared to their heads, their white ear tips, their chatter and their smell. However, the members of the Caird Collective (a nod to James Caird’s polar expedition led by Sir Ernest Schackleton) will not tolerate any criticism of the marmosets with whom they share their quarters around the Moon’s South Pole. No Cairder would imagine life without them on the rim of Shackleton Crater. Lunar marmosets are the first and best example of what has become a fundamental fact of space travel, namely that the further humans get from Earth, the more they benefit from the company of other Earth creatures.

Fundamental research

Originally, marmosets were sent to the moon as unwitting participants in a crucial research project. Lightweight and easy to care for, with a human-like placenta and a relatively short gestation period, they are ideal candidates for investigating a fundamental question: can humans carry out pregnancy in low gravity? the moon, where things weigh only one-sixth of their earthly weight?

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