Tag: NASA

Jack Clemons

Jack Clemons is a published author with a Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering. He was an engineer and team leader on NASA’s Apollo and Space Shuttle Programs. He also appeared in the “Command Module” segment of Moon Machines, the Discovery Science Channel’s award-winning six-part documentary about the Apollo Program, and in the National Geographic Channel documentary Apollo: Back To The Moon.

His award-winning book Safely to Earth: The Men and Women Who Brought the Astronauts Home, a memoir of his time on NASA’s Apollo and Space Shuttle programs, was published by University Press of Florida in September 2018.

He has authored several works of historical fiction and science fiction and is an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. 

In 2018, he was awarded an Established Artist Fellowship Grant for Literary Fiction by the Delaware Division of the Arts for his short stories that are based on his hidden-history novel, The Outliers (Secant Publishing, 2021). 

Jack is a frequent speaker at events across the Mid-Atlantic region—including RavenCon, Balticon, and the SFWA tent at the Baltimore Book Festival. Topics he covers include the Apollo and Space Shuttle programs, science, science fiction, and historical fiction. He also does readings from The Outliers at these and other venues.

Christopher A. Jones

Chris is an aerospace engineer at the NASA Langley Research Center, and a science enthusiast with a concentration in building a better future for humanity. His areas of expertise include systems analysis for human and science space concepts, decision science, play-by-play announcing of robotics competitions, and the board game Terraforming Mars. His areas of anti-expertise include most of his golf game, anything connected to musical performance, artistic expression outside of PowerPoint, and spelling the word restaurant. Outside of work, he is the staff to two cats, and enjoys word games, racquetball, and live music in divey venues.

Matt Simon

Dr. Matthew Simon is a Habitation Design Lead at NASA Langley Research Center. He designs space habitats to support astronauts for missions to the Moon and Mars. Matt also has interests in the colonization of space and architecture for extreme environments. When not working, you’ll find Matt digging into science fiction and fantasy novels, sampling fine anime, or nerding out board gaming. Matt appears at this event in his personal capacity as an earthling; no official NASA endorsement is intended or should be implied.

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