LEWIS DARTNELL is a UK Space Agency research fellow at the University of Leicester, in the field of astrobiology and the search for signs of life on Mars. He has won several awards for his science writing, and contributes to the Guardian, The Times and New Scientist. He has also written for television and appeared on BBC Horizon, Sky News, Wonders of the Universe, Stargazing Live, and The Sky at Night.
A tireless populariser of science, his theory on how the heisters could have saved the gold bullion in the cliff-hanging ending of "The Italian Job" was mocked on "Have I Got News For You". His two previous books are "Life in the Universe: a Beginner’s Guide" and the illustrated children’s book "My Tourist’s Guide to the Solar System and Beyond". When the world ends, he will be ready to start again.