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Our Mission...

The mission of the Heinlein Prize Trust is to promote the commercialization of space, which was Robert Heinlein’s dream.  An important element of this mission is to inspire young people to dream about the future of space exploration and commerce. The Have Space Suit Will Travel (HSSWT) program aims to develop the next generation of space enthusiasts by encouraging students to read Robert Heinlein’s Have Space Suit Will Travel and re-imagine the future of space.

Targeted for grades 7 and up...​

The program lesson plans provide discussion topics, creative writing assignments, and culminates with the winning schools having a real spacesuit from the Heinlein Prize Trust visit their class or club. Following a learning activity, classes will be rewarded with a Sokol pressure suit in their school. They are allowed to touch the suit and try on the gloves. Students who participated were “extremely enthusiastic” and “thrilled to have a spacesuit to play with…”

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Our HSSWT Crew

Don Thomas - Astronaut


Don Thomas is an astronaut, scientist, professional speaker, educator, and author of Orbit of Discovery about his STS-70 mission aboard space shuttle Discovery. A veteran of four flights, Don has spent 44 days in space and orbited the Earth nearly 700 times. Today, Don is helping to inform and excite the public about our future in space and preparing our next generation of scientists, engineers, and explorers for their missions in the future. Read more about Mr. Thomas at Ohio Astronaut.

Jonathan B. Clark M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Jonathan Clark is one of America’s leading experts in space medicine and has over 30 years experience as a medical professional.  He is a member of NASA’s Constellation Program EVA Systems Standing Review Board and was on the NASA Spacecraft Survival Integrated Investigation Team from 2004-2007. He serves as the Space Medicine Advisor to the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) at Baylor College of Medicine and is on the faculty at Baylor Center for Space Medicine (CSM). 

Click here to read the Annual  
HSSWT Program Reports 

Contact Our Crew

For Universities, schools or clubs interested in participating in the Have Space Suit Will Travel progarm or would like a speaker speak at your next class function please contact us via Dr. Don Thomas or Dr. Jonathan Clark.
Dr. Don Thomas
Former NASA Astronaut
Heinlein Prize Trust
800 York Road
Towson, MD 21252
(410) 704.3659
Dr. Jonathan B. Clark
Space Medicine Advisor, NSBRI 
Heinlein Prize Trust 
3106 Beauchamp
Houston, TX 77009
(713) 861.3600
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