NSS Awards Heinlein Memorial Award to Stephen Hawking

Washington, DC — March 28, 2012 (NSS PR) – The National Space Society (NSS) is pleased to announce Dr. Stephen Hawking as the 14th recipient of NSS’s Robert A. Heinlein Memorial Award. The award will be presented to Dr. Hawking at a special ceremony at the Cooks Branch Conservancy in Montgomery, Texas on Wednesday, March 28 and is given in recognition of his outstanding and continuing public efforts in support of human space development and settlement. 

In the last decade, Dr. Hawking has repeatedly and publicly advocated the need to move part of humanity off the Earth in order to avoid the destruction of the human race, either through self-destructive actions such as nuclear war, or natural phenomena such as asteroid collision or, eventually, the death of our nearest star, the Sun.


NSS to Give Heinlein Award to Burt Rutan

Washington D.C. – April 15, 2008 – The National Space Society (NSS) announced today that famed aircraft and spacecraft designer Burt Rutan will receive the Heinlein award for lifetime achievement in aerospace.

The award, which is given out every two years, will be bestowed upon Rutan by CNN correspondent Miles O’Brien at the Gala dinner of the 27th Annual International Space Development Conference (ISDC) taking place at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington D.C. on Friday, May 30, 2008.

The Robert A. Heinlein Memorial Award honors those individuals who have made significant, lifetime contributions to the creation of a free, spacefaring civilization. The Award is named after author Robert A. Heinlein, in memory of him and of his many contributions to the pro-space movement. The award is awarded based on a vote of the entire NSS membership. The 2008 award will be the 12th Heinlein award given.

“With this award, the members of NSS recognize Burt Rutan for his life’s work in advancing the frontiers of air and space,” said NSS Executive Director, George T. Whitesides.