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Astronaut Tom Jones

Tom Jones

Thomas D. Jones, Ph.D., is a planetary scientist and NASA shuttle astronaut. He is a senior research scientist at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, and participated in the Keck Institute for Space Studies ARM workshops.

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Saving the Planet: Voices From the Planetary Defense Conference

06/30/2015 | 28:50
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We’ve already brought you Planetary Radio Live from the 2015 PDC near Rome, Italy. Now you’ll hear a small sampling of the scientists, engineers, policymakers and media experts who spent five days considering how humanity will respond to a potentially disastrous threat. Bruce Betts celebrates the great Jupiter-Venus conjunction in What’s Up. Bill Nye and Emily Lakdawalla return next week.

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Our Pathway to Exploration Should Start with the Asteroid Redirect Mission

Posted 2014/06/30 06:01 CDT | 51 comments

Despite its rejection by the NRC Committee, we argue that the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) is an affordable and logical first step in such a sequence. ARM is not only consistent with the NRC Committee’s own principles, but is also the only near- term initiative that can shape their recommendations into a sustainable human space exploration program. ARM would launch U.S. explorers into deep space beyond the Moon, and fits logically into an exploration program aimed at Mars.

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