Unlocking the Secrets of the Solar System
"I can't think of a better pair to write a book on our solar systemís planetology
than Tom Jones and Ellen Stofan. Both Jones and Stofan, friends since meeting in graduate school,
are scientists as well as modern-day explorers...The authors use personal photographs to
illustrate the science. One example, which demonstrates the fury of Earthís own geology, shows
Stofan and her daughter standing next to a large rock expelled from Italyís Mount Etna when it erupted days
before the photo was taken. Images like these make the book an engaging look at scientists at work."
Air & Space Smithsonian
"Astronomy always provides some of science's most stunning images, and Planetology:
Unlocking the Secrets of the Solar System (National Geographic Books, $35) by Tom Jones
and Ellen Stofan delivers the goods. More than a rundown of the diminished solar system,
with Pluto and its brothers banished to "dwarf" status, the book delves into the forces,
asteroid impacts, volcanism and erosion that sculpted Martian Dunes, Mercury's craters
and Titan's lakes."
December 3, 2008
The mysteries of the Solar System are the focus of Tom's newest book, Planetology, published by
National Geographic Books in November 2008. Tom and his colleague, planetary geologist Ellen Stofan,
explain the dynamic physical processes that shape the faces of our Earth and its companion worlds.
This spectaculr collection of planetary imagery from NASA, (including orbital views from the Shuttle and Station), is the perfect Christmas
Browse and purchase on the Planetology link below.
The War No One Told You About
"Brings alive the true story of an aerial band of brothers."
Col. Walter Boyne
past Director, National Air and Space Museum
is a riveting account of the gritty and unheralded battle,
long overlooked by military historians, fought by the young Thunderbolt pilots of the Ninth Air Force
in World War II. It's the true story of an aerial band of brothers (most barely twenty years old) --
the pilots and ground crews who worked and lived amid the cold and mud of their front-line airfields
in conditions not much better than those of the GIs they supported each day. The authors follow the
365th Fighter Group, the Hell Hawks, from England-based interdiction missions supporting the D-Day
invasion, across the Channel to their close-air-support base in a Norman apple orchard, to tank-busting
sorties in the flak-filled skies over the Bulge, and finally to Germany for the final defeat of the
Wehrmacht in 1945. Through dozens of interviews and dramatic images, the authors let the voices of
pilots and ground crewmen tell what it was like to fly daily into the teeth of Luftwaffe fighters
and Wehrmacht flak to help win the victory in Europe.
Order Hell Hawks! here.
Read some of the Hell Hawks' combat history as they fought but at great cost through the
final year of the war in Europe. To listen to an extended interview about the Hell Hawks with co-author Tom Jones, go
Strap in with astronaut Tom Jones for an exhilarating ride to orbit.
Sky Walking: An Astronaut's Memoir
is the inside-the-spacesuit story of a modern space traveler's rocket-fueled career. Join this three-time
spacewalker on his four space shuttle missions, and meet the astronauts and their families who put their
lives and futures on the line to explore the space frontier. Sky Walking, a true story of 21st-Century
spaceflight, is available at your local bookstore, but you can order it
Heading Off an Asteroid Disaster
Tom is currently the chairman of the Association of Space Explorers' Near Earth Objects Committee. He
helped its Panel on Asteroid Threat Mitigation draft and submit to the United Nations its report,
Asteroid Threats: A Call for Global Response.
This ground-breaking work proposes an international decision-making process to deal with the threat posed by hazardous Near Earth Objects.
left over from the formation of our solar system,
sweep constantly through Earth's orbit, posing a long-term threat to our
civilization. The ASE
continues its NEO work through 2012, supporting the U.N's Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space as it formulates an international
response to hazardous asteroids.
Explore Near Earth Objects and the Association of Space Explorers' proposal
in Planetary Science.
Astronaut Speaker Tom Jones
An appearance by Tom is sure to boost the excitement level of your next event.
You'll find information
about his highly regarded, visually dazzling presentations,
focusing on the themes of exploration, leadership, teamwork, space technology, and the pursuit
Contact Tom through his Speakers Bureau,
or e-mail him here.
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