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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 been awarded a research grant by the Leverhulme Trust to study what lunar geology can tell us about the galactic environment of the Solar System.

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 published in the journal Progress in Physical Geography (Vol. 39, pp. 137-167, 2015). 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.


Ian Crawford

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