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Jack A. Jones Collection

Identifier: MC-54
The collection documents Jack A. Jones' research and work with NASA at the Marshall Space Flight Center in the areas of the Astro Missions, Saturn V Data Analysis, and Spacelab Programs. The collection contains briefings, technical papers, correspondence, commendations, photographs,and memorabilia.


  • 1961-1997, bulk 1982-1995


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research in the Archives & Special Collections reading room. Handling guidelines and use restrictions will be communicated and enforced by archives staff members.

Conditions Governing Use

This material may be protected under U. S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S. Code) which governs the making of photocopies or reproductions of copyrighted materials. You may use the digitized material for private study, scholarship, or research. Though the University of Alabama in Huntsville Archives and Special Collections has physical ownership of the material in its collections, in some cases we may not own the copyright to the material. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in our collections.


1.25 Linear Feet (1 box + 1 oversize box.)

Biographical / Historical

Jack A. Jones was born on August 16, 1935 to Albin Oscar and Jennie Katharine Pickett Jones in Fayetteville, Tennessee. He remained in Fayetteville, Tennessee, until after his graduation from high school, at which point he moved to Rome, Georgia, to attend Berry College. After college, Mr. Jones worked under the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for forty years specifically in Huntsville, Alabama.

During his early career, Mr. Jones worked to gather vibration data for the Saturn V rocket in support of the Apollo program, and he even received commendations for his work in supporting the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing. Later in his career, he worked as the chief engineer and later as the mission manager for both the Astro-1 and Astro-2 Observatory Missions, which put a system of telescopes on the space shuttle to transform it into an observatory.

By the time he retired in 1997, Mr. Jones had received numerous recognitions and awards, including the NASA Exceptional Service and Leadership Awards and the European Space Agency’s Spacelab Medals. After retiring, Mr. Jones relocated to Asheville, North Carolina, and began tutoring students as well as volunteering for organizations like the Senior Tar Heel Legislature and Men’s Garden Club of Asheville.

Mr. Jones died on September 28, 2016 in Asheville at the age of 81.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Jack Jones, 2010.

Existence and Location of Copies

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, and competing priorities. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections as they are acquired, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama in Huntsville Archives & Special Collections Repository

M. Louis Salmon Library
301 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899 Alabama 35899 United States of America