Jack Clemons is both an SF writer and a “rocket scientist”. He’s published several science fiction stories and is an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He has a Master Degree in Aerospace Engineering and was an engineer and team leader on NASA's Apollo Program and Space Shuttle Program.
Jack gives talks across the Mid-Atlantic region, including Balticon and the Baltimore Book Festival, on the Apollo Moon Program, on the design and first flights of the NASA Space Shuttle, on the untold stories behind each of the American Flags planted on the Moon by the Apollo Astronauts, and on the subject of Why Science Matters. 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. He writes a bi-weekly space and science blog for Amazing Stories Online Magazine, and has written a memoir about his time on Apollo and Space Shuttle.
Jack appeared as himself in the Command Module episode of the Discovery Science Channel six-part documentary Moon Machines. He has written and made numerous presentations about the space program, on the importance of systems engineering (for non-engineering audiences), and on why science matters.
He is also the author of several works of fiction, including “Will Little Note, Nor Long Remember” and “Tool Dresser’s Law” which first appeared in Amazing Stories Magazine. “Tool Dresser’s Law” was later reprinted in Life Among The Asteroids, an ACE Books anthology edited by Jerry Pournelle and John F. Carr. He currently writes a bi-weekly science blog for Amazing Stories Magazine Online.
Awards and Memberships
Jack is an Active Member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He holds Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees in Aerospace Engineering. He was awarded the Department of the Army Commander's Award for Public Service.
During the Apollo Moon Program he was a lead engineer supporting operations at NASA's Manned Spacecraft Center (now the Johnson Space Center) in Houston Texas. He developed procedures allowing astronauts to monitor and control the Apollo Command Module Onboard Guidance and Navigation Computer during atmospheric reentry He provided real-time support during missions Apollo 9 through Apollo 14, including Mission Control Center backroom support during the extended 6-minute reentry blackout period on Apollo 13.
Following Apollo, he was the overall program manager for the development of the onboard software for NASA's Space Shuttle. Later in his career, Jack was a Senior Vice President of Engineering at Lockheed Martin and led the organization that designed the modernization of the FAA's nationwide Air Traffic Control computer systems, the United Kingdom's London Area Air Traffic Control Centre, and Air Traffic Systems in Scotland, Eastern Europe, South America, and New Zealand.