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Astronaut Thomas D Jones Suits-Up
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Astronaut Thomas D. Jones Suits-Up

September 7, 2009
Astronaut Thomas D. Jones, mission specialist, dons a space suit prior to participating in contingency space walk simulations at the Johnson Space Center's (JSC) Weightless Environment Training Facility (WET-F). Jones is assisted by Frank Hernandez (left) and suit technician Charles Hudson of Hamilton Standard. Jones' suit is weighted so that he can achieve a neutrally buoyant state once under water. Extravehicular tasks are not planned for the STS-59 mission, but a number of chores are rehearsed in case of failure of remote systems to perform those jobs. Jones has been assigned as payload commander on STS-65, scheduled later next year.