About the Schweickart Prize

The Schweickart Prize commemorates the illustrious career and public leadership of Rusty Schweickart, Apollo 9 astronaut and co-founder of B612 Foundation. The inaugural Schweickart Prize was awarded to Rusty on June 30, 2023 at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.

The prize winning student or team, selected each year, will receive a prestigious museum-quality award, with an authenticated meteorite, symbolizing the existential nature of the award's purpose. In addition to the physical award, the prize winner will be granted a cash prize of $10,000 USD. Their winning proposal will be given global exposure through a press campaign, ensuring widespread acknowledgment of their innovative ideas.

Credit: Christopher Che
Credit: Christopher Che
“I've seen how prizes are able to really bring about innovation and create excitement and awareness and change mindset. I'm hoping that this prize will embody everything that Rusty has demonstrated throughout his career.”
— Anousheh Ansari, Astronaut and CEO of xPrize

Founding Sponsors

These individuals and organizations led the launch of the Schweickart Prize in 2023 and were key in making the vision a reality.

Anousheh Ansari
Barringer Crater Company
B612 Foundation
Future Ventures
Geoffrey Notkin
Jurvetson Family Foundation
Meteor Crater
Randy Schweickart & Michelle Heng
Rusty B. Schweickart (the younger) & Joanne Keys

Credit: Christopher Che