Friendswood resident Richard S. Jones is a NASA flight director who graduated summa cum laude in 1991 from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering. He began his NASA career in 1988 at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., as a cooperative education student in the Vehicle Engineering Directorate. After graduation in 1991, Jones joined the Johnson Space Center as entry analyst in the Flight Design and Dynamics of the Mission Operations Directorate. He became a flight director in 2005.
Jones was born in El Paso and enjoys jogging, reading biographies and books about U.S. History.
Do you believe the human race will ever make contact with other intelligent life-forms? The need to explore is in our human DNA. All I know is that every day we are inching closer to understanding the answer to this question.
What are your thoughts about the infinity of the universe? A professor once explained it this way: A room has four walls. Imagine them invisible, but present. We can divide any space and continue to divide the remaining halves over and over until infinity, but the walls still remain.
Which three personal items would you take on a mission to Mars? Diet Coke, frozen gummy bears and my collection of U2 and The Police CDs.
What would have been another career path you would have liked to consider? I would have loved to have been a Major League Baseball player. The next best thing is to have served in the front office of a Major League Baseball team, helping to build and mold a successful team.
Which intergalactic superhero is your favorite? Growing up in the 1970s and 1980s, I was awestruck, like the rest of the country, with the movie “Star Wars.” Han Solo is still one of my favorite characters.