Dr. Timothy Austin Livengood
Tim Livengood measures composition, temperature, and wind velocity in planetary atmospheres, using ground- and space-based techniques. He is the Principal Investigator for the Submillimeter Solar Observation Lunar Volatiles Experiment (SSOLVE), an instrument to measure water vapor in the Moon’s extremely tenuous atmosphere from the lunar surface, and he is the instrument scientist for the Heterodyne Instrument for Planetary Winds and Composition (HIPWAC). He is a co-investigator on several instruments and instrument-development projects, including the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter’s Lunar Exploration Neutron Detector (LEND), the Submillimeter Enceladus Life Fundamentals Instrument (SELFI), Venus Wideband Submillimeter Heterodyne Spectrometer (V-WISHES), and Surface and Exosphere Alteration by Landings (SEAL). He was a co-investigator of NASA’s EPOXI mission, for which he was the education and public outreach team leader on the EPOCh component (Extrasolar Planets Observation and Characterization). He was the lead Principal Investigator for the final observational program for the International Ultraviolet Explorer (IUE), for observations of the Jupiter system. In his copious free time, he is a storyteller. He should not be confused with Timothy H. Livengood, who also works at NASA.