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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



On 26 January, 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 organised a Royal Astronomical Society Specialist Discussion Meeting on  "Science Enabled by the Global Exploration Roadmap", which was held on Friday 8 November 2013. Further details can be found here.

Ian gave an invited talk on "Lunar Exploration: Opening a Window into the History and Evolution of the Earth-Moon System" at a Royal Society Discussion Meeting on 'The Origin of the Moon' on 23-24 September 2013. The resulting paper, co-authored with Dr Katherine Joy (Manchester), has now been submitted for publication in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society.

Ian gave an invited talk on 'Starship Destinations' at the Starship Century symposium, held at the University of California San Diego on 21-22 May. Together with science fiction author Stephen Baxter, he has written a chapter on the same subject in the book resulting from the conference ('Starship Century: Toward the Grandest Horizon' edited by James and Gregory Benford, Microwave Sciences/Lucky Bat Books, 2013). Ian also spoke at a second Starship Century meeting held in London at the Royal Astronomical Society on 21 October 2013, and a summary of that meeting has been published in The Economist.

Ian Crawford

Ian Crawford

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