Jack Clemons is both a SF writer and a “rocket scientist”. He has published nonfiction and science fiction and is an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He has a Master Degree in Aerospace Engineering and was engineer and team leader on NASA's Apollo and Space Shuttle Programs.
Jack gives talks across the Mid-Atlantic region, including the NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center and the Baltimore Book Festival, on the Apollo Moon Program, on the design and first flights of the NASA Space Shuttle, and on the untold stories behind each of these programs. He 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 NatGeo documentary Apollo: Back To The Moon. He writes a space and science column for Amazing Stories Magazine.
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 and is available from the publisher, in bookstores, and from Amazon.com.
Jack appeared in the "Command Module" segment of the Discovery Science Channel six-part documentary Moon Machines and in the NatGeo documentary Apollo: Back To The Moon. He gives talks across the Mid-Atlantic region on the Apollo Moon Program, the design and first flights of the NASA Space Shuttle, and the untold stories behind each of these programs. He has been a featured speaker at RavenCon, Balticon, Libertycon, Worldcon, Baltimore Book Festival, and at the NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center.
Jack is 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 and has been reprinted several times and included in Life Among The Asteroids, an ACE Books anthology edited by Jerry Pournelle and John F. Carr. Jack also writes a space and science column for Amazing Stories Magazine.
In 2018 Jack was awarded an Established Artist Fellowship Grant for Literary Fiction by the Delaware Division of the Arts.
His non-fiction book Safely to Earth: The Men and Women Who Brought the Astronauts Home, published by University Press of Florida, is a memoir of his time on NASA’s Apollo and Space Shuttle programs. It won regional and national awards and is available from the publisher, in book stores, and online at Amazon.com.
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. He was awarded an Established Artist Fellowship Grant for Literary Fiction by the Delaware Division of the Arts. Jack's book Safely to Earth: The Men and Women Who Brought the Astronauts Home, was awarded first place for autobiography or memoir by the Delaware Press Association in 2018, and was one of the favorite books for Christmas 2018 selected by BBC Sky at Night Magazine. It was also the 2019 recipient of a first place award for memoir presented by the National Federation of Press Women.
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.