Tim Swindle

Director, Arizona Space Institute
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Dr. Swindle was director of the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory for a decade and is now founding director of the Arizona Space Institute. His research measurements of the noble gases in extraterrestrial materials (lunar samples and meteorites) to study the evolution of the solar system. Research projects have included performing Ar-40/Ar-39 dating of shocked lunar samples and meteorites, to study the timing of impacts in the inner Solar system; using I-129, and its decay product Xe-129, to study the timing of the formation of the earliest solids in the solar nebula; analyzing Martian meteorites to study the composition and evolution of the Martian atmosphere, and working on developing techniques to use instruments on spacecraft to measure ages of planetary surfaces in situ.

Email: tswindle@lpl.arizona.edu