General Info on Speaking

Don Thomas has 23 years of experience in public speaking and thoroughly enjoys sharing his story, expertise, and adventures with others.

His enthusiasm and excitement for space exploration come through in every presentation and the inspirational message he brings can excite and motivate any audience. From corporate programs to public educational events to school assemblies and classroom visits to special programs for senior citizens in lifelong learning programs, Don has the unique ability to reach broad audiences and is quite comfortable and experienced in adapting his programs to fit the specific needs of any organization and audience.

Some of Don’s presentations that he can bring to you organization, group, or school include:

  • Living and Working in Space
  • Achieving Your Dream:  My Journey to Become an Astronaut
  • The Human Body in Space
  • Can You See the Great Wall of China from Space?
  • The Day a Woodpecker Attacked the Space Shuttle
  • Science Aboard the International Space Station
  • Missions to Mars
  • The Design, Engineering, and Function of Spacesuits
  • Space Stations: Past, Present, and Future
  • The Engineering Behind the Space Shuttle



Quick Facts About Don

Born May 6, 1955 in Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland Heights High School
High School Diploma, 1973

Case Western Reserve University
Bachelor of Science Physics, 1977

Cornell University
Master of Science, Materials Science, 1980

Cornell University
Doctorate, Materials Science, 1982

STS-65 Columbia (July 8-23, 1994)
STS-70 Discovery (July 13-22, 1995)
STS-83 Columbia (April 4-8, 1997)
STS-94 Columbia (July 1-17, 1997)