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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 guest-edited a Special Issue of the journal Space Policy dedicated to a discussion of the recently formulated Global Exploration Roadmap.

Ian has recently written three 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 other two are more speculative: the book chapter 'Interplanetary Federalism: Maximising the Chances of Extraterrestrial Peace, Diversity and Liberty' addresses the political organisation of future space colonies, while 'Avoiding Intellectual Stagnation: The Starship as an Expander of Minds' (Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, 67, 253-257, 2014) examines how, in the distant future, interstellar space exploration may advance human knowledge and culture.

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 Crawford

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