January 21, 2018
On January 18, 2018 the former shuttle astronauts Dr. Thomas D. Jones and Captain Scott D. Altman were recognized for their contributions to the field of Space science: to be selected for induction into the Hall of Fame of the Astronauts of the United States. When they claim their medallions, they will become two of only 95 people to receive this honor.
Dr. Thomas D. Jones was born on January 22, 1955, in Baltimore, Maryland. After graduating from the USAF Academy, Dr. Jones joined the Air Force as an officer for 6 years. After resigning in 1983, he continued to achieve his Ph.D. at the University of Arizona in Tucson. In 1990, NASA took him aboard his crew and after a year of training, he became an astronaut. Dr. Jones was aboard the flights of STS-59, STS-68, STS-80 and STS-98 where he completed several missions.
Captain Scott D. Altman was born on August 15, 1959 in Lincoln, Illinois. After serving in the United States Navy for approximately fourteen years, Altman was selected by NASA in 1995 as an astronaut candidate. As a member of the elite corps of the agency's space flyers, Altman piloted the mission STS-90 and STS-106 and served as mission commander on STS-109 and STS-125 (the final service mission to the Hubble Space Telescope ).
The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex located near Titusville, Florida, will be the place where the two men will be admitted to the Astronaut Hall of Fame in the United States during April of this year. (2018). With these two new additions, a total of 95 people have received this prestigious award since its creation by the 6 surviving astronauts of Mercury 7 in 1990.
The Astronaut Hall of Fame operates and maintains The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, which will host a Gala and gala ceremony held on April 21, 2018.
Jones attends to SpaceFlight Insider as a technical consultant and contacted him about how he received this honor.
"This honor is beyond my wildest space dreams, I can say that working for NASA as an astronaut was the" best job I've ever had "because of the excellent teammates and crew that I had the privilege to meet. When the Astronaut Hall of Fame told me that I would join Scott Altman as one of this year's members, I felt doubly honored: first for having had the privilege of representing the nation and all my excellent colleagues in the space exploration efforts from the United States, and now to receive this unexpected recognition from my peers, "said Jones SpaceFlight Insider . "I am particularly grateful to have been included with Scooter in this accomplished group of pioneer astronauts, we worked together for half a dozen years during the shuttle program, and I know how widely they admire their skills, leadership and friendship."
he asked Jones about what brought him to where he is today and, as expected, his response related to people
"Growing up, I read and admired the work of my astronaut heroes: John Glenn, Neil Armstrong, John Young , Mike Collins, Rusty Schweickart and many others, I am grateful to have had the opportunity to meet and learn from many of them, and to continue and advance in their exploration work.I hope that through the Hall of Fame and the Foundation of Astronaut Scholarships, can help attract a new generation of space explorers to this endeavor, so vital to the future of our nation and humanity itself, "said Jones.
Founded in the dawn of the space race in 1958, the Florida Institute of Technology is the only independent, technology university located in the southeast. Times Higher Education ranks Florida Tech in the best 200 universities in the world. The university has been designated Best National Level One University in US News. UU And World Report, and it is one of nine schools in Florida praised by the 2014 Fiske Guide for Schools. The university offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs. The fields of study include science, engineering, aeronautics, business, humanities, mathematics, psychology, communication and education.