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Professor Ian Crawford

Professor of Planetary Science and Astrobiology

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Room 605, Malet Street

tel: 020 3073 8026



Ian has recently written two articles concerned with the future of space exploration. The first, entitled 'Lunar Resources: A Review', has been accepted for publication in the journal Progress in Physical Geography. The second, published as a chapter in a book, is more speculative and addresses the political organisation of future space colonies: 'Interplanetary Federalism: Maximising the Chances of Extraterrestrial Peace, Diversity and Liberty'.

On Sunday 19th October Ian spoke on "To boldly go: what is the point of space exploration?" at the 2014 Battle of Ideas Festival at the Barbican in London. A summary can be found here.

Ian gave an invited talk on "The role of UK science in lunar exploration" at a meeting on 'Missions to the Moon: Parliamentary update on lunar science and exploration' that was held at the UK parliament on 14 May 2014.

On 26 January 2014, Ian gave an interview to BBC Radio 4's 'World this Weekend' programme on the subject of lunar exploration and the need to update international law relating to outer space. The interview may be heard at:

Ian has been appointed to the European Space Agency (ESA) Human Spaceflight and Exploration Science Advisory Committee (HESAC). This is the senior ESA advisory body on all matters concerning the scientific exploitation of ESA's human spaceflight and exploration programmes. Ian's appointment will be for four years.



Ian Crawford

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