Scientist, Author, Pilot and NASA Astronaut

Tom’s Current Books

Space Shuttle Stories
Ask the Astronaut
Sky Walking
An Astronaut's Memior
Hell Hawks!

About Dr. Tom Jones

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


During a recent school visit, a student asked me how long it would take an astronaut to journey to the nearest star beyond our solar system. That would be Proxima Centauri, a small, low-mass star about 4.25 light years from our Sun. My answer here:

Thanks to Mat Kaplan and Planetary Society @exploreplanets for our book club conversation on #SpaceShuttleStories. We covered the shuttle's career and its launch of epic missions like Galileo, Ulysses, Magellan, and NASA's Great Observatories.

I'd enjoy your company in the Pensacola area next Thursday night, the 14th, for an @TheIHMC talk and book signing for #SpaceShuttleStories, 6 pm:

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