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Bernard Foing

Bernard Foing

Senior Scientist ESA-ESTEC
Professor
VU Amsterdam Earth & Life Sciences
Netherlands

Biography

Bernard Foing is a senior scientist and exploration officer at the European Space Agency (ESA), Executive Director of the International Lunar Exploration Working Group (ILEWG) and Professor of Space Science at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences. He has been the father and Principal Project Scientist for SMART-1, the first European mission to the Moon. He serves as elected President of ESTEC Staff Association Committee since 2012 (representing 1400 ESTEC colleagues). He has worked on studies and projects of Earth and planetary missions. He conducted a number of field campaigns in Earth extreme desert environments. He is also an expert in spectroscopy conducted from ground based observatories around the world. He obtained a PhD in Astrophysics and Space Techniques using a sounding rocket experiment (France CNRS and US New Mexico, Boulder CU, Harvard Observatory).

Research Interest

Space Monitoring of Essential Climate Variables