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Scientist, Author, Pilot and NASA Astronaut

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An Astronaut's Memior
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About Dr. Tom Jones

Thomas D. Jones, PhD, is a scientist, 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.




STS-98 Atlantis Reentry and Landing: Feb. 20, 2001 Today marks the 20th anniversary of my shuttle crew's return to Earth, with Ken Cockrell, Bob Curbeam, Marsha Ivins, Mark Polansky, and myself. With our mission control teams and the help of the Expedition 1 crew at the International Space Station (Shepherd, Krikalev, and Gidzenko), we successfully berthed and activated the U.S. Destiny science lab at the Station. NASA furnished us with this video of our reentry and landing highlights, documenting our return from this 13-day mission. I find it very hard to believe that these amazing events took place two decades ago. Thank you to our families and all who made this successful mission possible. God was with us on this journey, and brought us safely home.

Posted by Thomas D. Jones on Saturday, February 20, 2021

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