I am a lunatic explorer with a thing for rocks.
I grew up in Asturias, a lovely region in northern Spain, surrounded by majestic mountains, beautiful beaches, magical forests, and tough miners — so rocks, sediments, soils and resources were always present in my life. When it came time to decide what to do with my life, it felt very natural to me to become a geologist.
My passion for the Moon started on a warm summer night when I could see the Moon with my toy telescope for the first time. In that moment when I saw the silver highlands and the dark maria, I knew I had to explore that amazing world.
I have a degree in Geology from the University of Oviedo and a PhD in Lunar Geology from Birkbeck College in London. I also attended the Space Studies Program (SSP11) and got a MSc. in Space Studies (MSS12) from the International Space University. I founded the Space Exploration Working Group of the Space Generation Advisory Council in 2014.
From 2017 to 2021, I worked at ispace where I was responsible for landing site selection and the integration of technical and business requirements into the mission’s goals. I also consulted and collaborated internally with business teams on the lunar environment, space resource utilization, and data needs.
Since October 2021, I am Research and Technology Associate at the European Space Resources Innovation Centre based in Luxembourg, working on the Lunar Resources Value Chain, data requirements and end-to-end technological solutions.