Past Virtual Astronaut Visits
NASA astronaut Dr. Tom JonesDr. Jones is a planetary scientist, speaker, author, pilot, and veteran NASA astronaut. In more than 11 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 53 days working and living in space, and in 2018 was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. As a senior research scientist at the Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC), Dr. Jones focuses on the future direction of human space exploration and planetary defense from asteroids.
He is a frequent public speaker and appears often on radio and TV to discuss science and spaceflight. Dr. Jones has written books about aviation history, as well as his own personal space exploration experiences, including:
- Sky Walking: An Astronaut’s Memoir
- Ask the Astronaut: A Galaxy of Astonishing Answers to Your Questions on Spaceflight
- Hell Hawks! The Untold Story of the Young American Fliers Who Savaged Hitler’s Wehrmacht