Thomas D. Jones, PhD, is a scientist, speaker, author, pilot, and veteran NASA astronaut. In more than eleven years with NASA, he flew on four space shuttle missions to Earth orbit. On his last flight, Dr. Jones led three spacewalks to install the centerpiece of the International Space Station, the American Destiny laboratory. He has spent fifty-three days working and living in space. read more
Happy to remind everyone of the Oct. 17 release of my "Space Shuttle Stories" from Smithsonian. I've received an early hard copy and it looks spectacular! It's based on 130+ shuttle flier interviews, with an astronaut tale from each one of the 135 missions. Can pre-order online.
Was at the #MapsAir Museum in Akron/Canton, OH, last week for the Martin #B-26 Marauder Historical Society reunion. MAPS has a beautifully restored Marauder, Charly's Jewel, built in 1941 and recovered from NW Canada in 1970s. Great to speak to two WWII Marauder vets.
A student question came my way asking me which object holds the title of "largest known asteroid." Out in the main asteroid belt, beyond Mars and inside Jupiter's orbit, over a million asteroids … [Read More]
On Aug. 18, 1993, I was flying a Cessna Citation II down to Kennedy Space Center for some test work on our upcoming mission, STS-59, when Rick Hieb and I arrived for landing at the Shuttle Landing … [Read More]