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Bernard Foing

Prof. Bernard H. FOING is senior scientist, space engineer and EarthMoonMars explorer at ESA-ESTEC, Executive Director of ILEWG (International Lunar Exploration Working Group). He has been Co-Investigator of space missions SOHO, XMM, BIOPAN, SMART-1, Mars Express, COROT, Expose on ISS, ExoMars. He is former Chair of ESA-ESTEC Staff Association Committee (2012-2017) representing 1400 colleagues. He has worked at ESA ESTEC as Chief scientist, Head of the Research Division, father and Project scientist of SMART-1 (first ESA mission to the Moon, launched in 2003), study scientist, Research Unit Coordinator, and Staff scientist. He is research professor at Vrije U. Amsterdam and FloridaTech, and manager of ExoGeoLab, ExoHab, MoonVillage projects & EuroMoonMars field campaigns.

He worked on PhD on Astrophysics and Space Techniques in France and US (New Mexico, LPARL Stanford, Boulder, Harvard) using a sounding rocket experiment. He worked 3 years in Chile as astronomer for ESO European Southern Observatory. He has published over 760 articles, including 220 refereed papers, in space science and technology, Moon-Mars exploration, astrophysics, astrobiology, instrumentation. He edited 20 books, organized over 70 international conferences and symposia.  He is full member of the International Academy of Astronautics, and chair of IAF ITACCUS Committee on Social and Cultural Utilisation of Space.