Antarctica is the closest you can get to space without leaving Earth.

It’s an isolated, confined and extreme environment where Antarctic expeditioners live remotely for up to nine months of the year.

Australian Antarctic Program doctors have been looking after the health and well-being of expeditioners at our stations for decades.

These highly specialised remote medicine skills can inform space agencies as they plan future missions to the Moon or Mars.

Ahead of the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing this weekend, Australia’s Chief Antarctic Medical Officer, Dr Jeff Ayton, will share his insights from the icy continent at the Aerospace Futures 2019 conference in Sydney.