"Sky Walking" author and four-time astronaut signs his books



SEATTLE, April 6, 2012--One of the most acclaimed astronaut-authors, Tom Jones, will be at the Museum on April 24 from 2 to 5 p.m. to sign copies of his books. The four-time shuttle astronaut is the author of "Sky Walking - An Astronaut's Memoir," and co-wrote "Planetology: Unlocking the Secrets of the Solar System," and "Hell Hawks!: The Untold Story of the American Fliers Who Savaged Hitler's Wehrmacht." The Wall Street Journal named "Sky Walking" as one of its "Five Best" books about space. Jones writes frequently for Air & Space Smithsonian, Aerospace America, Popular Mechanics, and American Heritage magazines. Book signing admission is free. Jones' books will be available for purchase through the Museum Store.

Thomas D. Jones, PhD is a veteran NASA astronaut, scientist, speaker, author, and consultant. He holds a doctorate in planetary sciences, and in more than 11 years with NASA, flew on four space shuttle missions to Earth orbit. On his last flight, 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.

Jones is a Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He piloted B-52D strategic bombers, studied asteroids for NASA, engineered intelligence-gathering systems for the CIA, and helped develop advanced mission concepts to explore the solar system prior to joining NASA's astronaut corps. He served on the NASA Advisory Council and is a board member of the Association of Space Explorers. A regular on-air contributor to television spaceflight coverage, he is currently active in the debate over our nation's space exploration policy.  

For more information about Tom Jones, please see: http://home.comcast.net/~skywalking/

Image: Tom Jones spacewalking. NASA photo. 


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