Thomas D. Jones is a scientist, author, pilot, and former
NASA astronaut. He holds a doctorate in planetary sciences,
and in more than eleven years with NASA, 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.
After graduation from the Air
Force Academy, Tom piloted B-52D strategic bombers, studied
asteroids for NASA, engineered intelligence-gathering
systems for the CIA, and as a NASA contractor, developed
advanced mission concepts to explore the solar system.
Tom's latest title is Planetology, (written with Ellen Stofan), a beautiful new look at the solar system
from National Geographic.
His other 2008 book is
Hell Hawks! The Untold Story of the American Fliers Who Savaged Hitler's Wehrmacht
(with Robert F. Dorr; Zenith, 2008).
The Wall Street Journal named Sky Walking:
An Astronaut's Memoir, (Smithsonian Books-Collins, 2006) as one of its
"Five Best" books on space.
Tom writes frequently for Air
& Space Smithsonian, Aerospace America, Popular Mechanics,
and American Heritage magazines.
Dr. Jones' awards include the
NASA Distinguished Service Medal, four NASA Space Flight
Medals, the NASA Exceptional Service award, the NASA Outstanding
Leadership Medal, Phi Beta Kappa, and the Air Force Commendation
Medal. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by Kings College, Wilkes-Barre, PA, in 2007.
Tom, fresh from three years on the NASA Advisory Council, is currently active in
the debate over our nation's future space exploration
policy. He appears frequently on television news, commenting on science and spaceflight.
He consults, writes, and speaks from Houston, Texas.
Updated December 2009.
Above: Tom Jones on the middeck
of the space shuttle trainer, Johnson Space Center, Texas,
during December 2000 egress training for STS-98