Farouk El-Baz

Farouk El-Baz is a geologist who worked with NASA in the selection of landing sites on the Moon and the training of the Apollo astronauts in visual observations and photography. He is well known for applying satellite images to groundwater exploration in arid lands. In 1999, the Geological Society of America (GSA) established the Farouk El-Baz Award for Desert Research to annually reward excellence in arid land studies. Furthermore, the GSA established in 2007 the Farouk El-Baz Student Research Award to encourage desert research by students. He has received numerous honours and awards, including: Egypt’s Order of Merit – First Class.

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