Exploring the potential of the Moon

Nearly 50 years on from the last crewed mission to the Moon, the world has once again turned its attention to the opportunities presented by our only natural satellite, with the Artemis I mission. 

If we can establish a presence on the Moon, as the Artemis programme envisions, that achievement will not only broaden human understanding but unlock a wide range of innovation opportunities back home on Earth.

Find out more during this panel. 

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Why is it important that humans establish a sustained presence on the Moon? This is the key question that Airbus’ space exploration experts answered during this panel. 

If we can learn how to live on the Moon that means we will have mastered a multitude of advanced technologies, from how to generate oxygen and energy to the creation of habitable structures on another celestial body. Central to achieving this will be the partnerships between public agencies and commercial enterprises which are giving shape to the #NextSpace era.

We discussed these innovations and the potential impact of the resulting technology boomerang back on Earth. 

We also offered an insight into some of the technological challenges involved in the Artemis I programme, for which Airbus has developed the European Service Module.



  • Scientific discovery is the principal reason for returning to the Moon. It is our geological twin and if its natural resources can be carefully and responsibly managed, the Moon can provide us with energy and mineral wealth that will be key to our future prosperity. 
  • Investing in space exploration is fully justified, not least because it has always been the catalyst for significant breakthroughs in medicine, science and technology. Today our endeavours in space have further significance as a way to monitor and measure the impact of climate change. 
  • Returning to the Moon now will help lay the groundwork for  future human exploration of Mars and other planets – inspiring a new generation of explorers, and creating a new global pool of scientific and engineering talent. 
  • But no single organisation or country can do it alone. The launch of the Artemis Orion programme – in which Airbus is playing a leading role – is a tangible example of how cross-border, multi-organisation collaboration is vital for future success.  



Pablo Alvarez Fernandez

Pablo Álvarez Fernández


Project Manager at Airbus and newly selected ESA astronaut

Sian Cleaver

Sian Cleaver


Industrial Manager for the Orion European Service Module (ESM) programme

Laura Todd

Laura Todd


Vice President of Space Exploration Future Programmes

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