The Canadian Lunar Research Network (CLRN) was established in 2008 by the Canadian planetary science community in response to growing interest from both academia and industry in developing lunar science and exploration expertise in Canada.  In 2018, the CLRN initiative was relaunched thanks to renewed interest from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and from the international space exploration community in expanding the scope of lunar exploration activities with the goal of returning both humans and rovers to the lunar surface within the next decade.

This network is comprised of world-class scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs, from academic, industrial, government, and not-for-profit institutions across Canada. The primary node for the network is the Institute for Earth and Space Exploration (Western Space) at Western University in London Ontario. In July 2008, CLRN became the first international affiliate partner of NASA’s Lunar Science Institute (NLSI), which was expanded to the new NASA Solar System Virtual Research Institute (SSERVI) in November 2013. For additional information on SSERVI and the other international SSERVI nodes visit the SSERVI homepage.



Team of students from Western University and University of Winnipeg training in a lunar rover sample return mission simulation.


Our primary mission is to foster collaboration among Canadian lunar researchers, to generate awareness and interest of the lunar exploration and Canada’s role, and to promote integration of Canadian scientists with other SSERVI partner institutions around the world. The overarching goal of this network is to train the next generation of highly qualified lunar scientists and to expand our expertise in the fields of lunar science and exploration.




CLRN welcomes the participation of all lunar researchers from any accredited Canadian-based institution, body, or company. If you are interested in joining the Canadian Lunar Research Network or have questions about lunar research in the Canadian space sector, please contact our Coordinator Gavin Tolometti.

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Image credit: Canadian Space Agency