Location | Space Center Theater
Presentation Times | 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. each day
Book Signing | 2:10 p.m. each day in front of Space Trader gift shop
NASA astronaut Tom Jones visits Space Center Houston to discuss his career and sign copies of his book, “Space Shuttle Stories: Firsthand Astronaut Accounts from All 135 Missions.” In this deep dive into previously unreleased vignettes from astronauts, the book explores the impact, triumphs and challenges of the Space Shuttle program.
About “Space Shuttle Stories”
NASA’s space shuttle was the world’s first reusable spacecraft, accomplishing many firsts and inspiring generations across its 30-year lifespan as America’s iconic spaceship. In Space Shuttle Stories, shuttle astronaut Tom Jones interviewed more than 130 fellow astronauts for personal vignettes from each mission, complemented by their written accounts for all 135 space shuttle missions, from Columbia’s maiden flight in 1981 to the final launch of Atlantis in 2011. The book is a major contribution to the historical record of a momentous era of spaceflight.
Each mission profile includes:
- An astronaut narrative that immerses the readers in their personal mission experience
- Data about the mission, crew, launch, landing, duration, and highlights
- Captivating photographs rarely seen by the public
The Space Shuttle program’s 6 orbiter vehicles (Enterprise, Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavour) carried a total of 355 astronauts into orbit on 135 missions aimed at cutting-edge scientific research, satellite launch, retrieval and repair, collaborative work with the Russian Mir station, the launching and servicing of the Hubble Space Telescope, and the construction of the International Space Station. Space Shuttle Stories focuses on the lived, human experiences of larger-than-life space missions. It’s a definitive oral history that captures the importance, wonder, and exhilaration of the Space Shuttle era.
About Tom Jones
Tom Jones is a veteran astronaut, planetary scientist, pilot, author, and speaker who completed four space shuttle missions and three spacewalks in helping build the International Space Station. Jones has authored six books, including Sky Walking: An Astronaut’s Memoir, and most recently Space Shuttle Stories. He’s written for aerospace magazines such as Air & Space Smithsonian, Aerospace America, Popular Mechanics, and The Planetary Report. A senior research scientist for IHMC, he appears regularly on television news as an expert commentator for space exploration and science stories.
This event is included in general admission for March 10 and March 11, 2024. Members receive free general admission. Not yet a Space Center Houston member? Become a member now to receive discounts on tickets to special events, free general admission and other exclusive benefits.