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Tom Jones - the astronaut

November 02, 2016

JEFF FRANKO ASTRONAUTJEFF FRANKO ASTRONAUTNASA Astronaut Tom Jones explains how they train for the weightless experience of space flight during an appearance at Kennedy Space Center on Oct. 26, 2016. Jones flew on three space shuttle missions. (Jeff Franko Photography)

I had the great pleasure of playing tour guide to my father and cousin at Kennedy Space Center in late October. Well, I did as much guiding as I could as we got the official tours and info. It was a great day for weather and thus touring. One of the early stops was the speaking engagement of NASA astronaut Tom Jones. He graciously informed us all that he was not "that Tom Jones." Though he did toss in a couple hip gyrations as he said this.

If you ever have the chance to meet or see him speak I highly recommend grabbing that opportunity. He is engaging, entertaining and informative. He interacts with the audience and keeps things lively as well.

The photograph shows him talking about how they train for the weightless experience of space flight. This was in response to a question from a young boy.

He tells the story of how he became an astronaut and flew on three shuttle missions. He was one of those young boys who wanted to go to space the moment he learned about spaceflight.

His motto is never give up. He encourages that to his audience as well.

It was on his third application that he was finally granted an interview and the rest as they say...is history.