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2009 Songwriters Hall of Fame 40th Anniversary Induction Ceremony and Gala in New York
Tom Jones arrives for the 2009 Songwriters Hall of Fame 40th Anniversary Induction Ceremony and Gala at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York on June 18, 2009. (UPI Photo/Laura Cavanaugh)
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Thomas David Jones (born January 22, 1955) is a former United States astronaut. He was selected to the astronaut corps in 1990 and completed four space shuttle flights before retiring in 2001. He flew on STS-59 and STS-68 in 1994, STS-80 in 1996 and STS-98 in 2001. His total mission time was 53 days 48 minutes. He is a science/space contributor for the Fox News channel.

Jones was born in 1955, in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from Kenwood High School, Essex, Maryland, in 1973; received a bachelor of science degree in basic sciences from the United States Air Force Academy in 1977, and a doctorate in planetary science from the University of Arizona in 1988. Jones is an Eagle Scout.

A Distinguished Graduate of the USAF Academy, Dr. Jones served on active duty as an Air Force officer for 6 years. After pilot training in Oklahoma, he flew strategic bombers at Carswell Air Force Base, Texas. As pilot and aircraft commander of a B-52D Stratofortress, he led a combat crew of six, accumulating over 2,000 hours of jet experience before resigning as a captain in 1983.

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