Tom Jones has served with distinction in the United States Air Force and as a NASA astronaut. After graduating from the United States Air Force Academy, Jones piloted and commanded B-52D Stratofortress aircrafts, then completed a P.h. D in planetary science at the University of Arizona. During his time with NASA, Dr. Jones flew missions on the Endeavour, the Columbia, and Atlantis, totaling over 1,200 hours in space. He currently writes and lectures about the Solar System, space exploration and American history.