Plenary 7:

The Moon – a continent and a gateway for our future

Thursday 15, 
Location: Ussishkin Auditorium

The panel will review discoveries and key results from recent lunar missions, and the plans for upcoming lunar exploration. They will discuss how this serves as a gateway for scientific studies, technical validation and development, the next generation of landers, buildup of facilities in a lunar robotic village, the use of lunar resources, and the Moon as a platform for biological studies and observation of the cosmos, and sustainable human activities. They will address also the social, education, peaceful inspirational and economical values of lunar exploration for humankind. Also technologies, life support systems and human operations can be validated on the Moon, as a gateway to Mars and other solar system destinations.

The panel will discuss possible visions, the main events in the next International Lunar Decade, and roadmaps towards settlements, sustainable international lunar bases and a Moon global village on our 8th continent.




FoingBernard Foing

ILEWG Executive director

Senior scientist & explorer

ESTEC, European Space Agency (ESA)

The Netherlands




William GerstenmaierMr William Gerstenmaier

Associate Administrator

Human Exploration and Operations

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)



O_A_GorshkovOleg Gorshkov

Acting Director

Central Research Institute of Machine Building (TSNIIMASH)



Robert (Bob) RichardsRobert (Bob) Richards

Founder & CEO

Moon Express, Inc



WoernerProf Jan-Dietrich Woerner

Director General

European Space Agency (ESA)



Peter BatenburgPeter Batenberg, Young Lunar

Explorers Representative, Selected
Receipient of the SGAC/ILEWG competition