Ian Crawford
professor of planetary science and astrobiology, Birkbeck College, University of London

Ian Crawford is an astronomer turned planetary scientist, and is currently professor of planetary science and astrobiology at Birkbeck College, University of London. The main focus of his research is in the area of lunar exploration, including the remote sensing of the lunar surface and the laboratory analysis of lunar samples. Ian also has research interests in the field of astrobiology, especially Martian analogue environments on Earth, and in the future of space exploration which he believes will become increasingly important for the future of humanity. He has long believed that the cosmic perspectives provided by astronomy and space exploration provide a strong, if implicit, argument for the eventual political unification of our planet. A more detailed summary of these interests, and list of publications, can be found on his personal website.

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