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.
Tom served on the NASA Advisory Council, and is a board member of the Association of Space Explorers and the Astronauts Memorial Foundation. As a senior research scientist at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, he focuses on the future direction of human space exploration, uses of asteroid and space resources, and planetary defense. He appears frequently on TV and radio with expert commentary on science and space flight.
Starting with his own orbital experiences, veteran astronaut and planetary scientist Tom Jones describes the technology breakthroughs that will open space to scientific exploration, tourism, and an explosive growth of commercial opportunity on and beyond the Moon. A space-based economy is the surest path to Mars.
Earth and its planetary neighbors are the stars of this beautifully illustrated talk, outlining the dynamic geological forces shaping the worlds of the solar system. Jones’ orbital photography and the best images from NASA’s probes show how exploring the planets expands and deepens our understanding of Earth.
Planetary scientist and astronaut Tom Jones describes the threat to Earth from rogue asteroids and what we can do to prevent a cosmic catastrophe. He’ll also show how exploring these ancient objects can spark a growing space economy, turning asteroids into stepping stones to Mars.
In four space shuttle missions and three spacewalks outside the International Space Station, Tom Jones saw and lived the “right stuff” at NASA. Drawing from the painful lessons of the Challenger and Columbia shuttle accidents and his own orbital experiences, Tom describes the exceptional leadership and teamwork needed to succeed, in space and on Earth.
Four-time astronaut and shuttle payload commander Tom Jones shares the personal and spiritual experience of space exploration. You’ll rocket through a rumbling blast-off, soar into orbit, spacewalk at the Space Station, endure a fiery reentry, and return, exhilarated, to Earth. Tom’s inspirational talk brings home the personal and family challenges that accompany the thrilling, beautiful, and dangerous business of spaceflight.