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NASA Distinguished Service Medal
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NASA Distinguished Service Medal
Awarded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Country United States
Type Medal
Eligibility Government employees only
Awarded for "distinguished service, ability, or courage, [that] has...made a contribution representing substantial progress to aeronautical or space exploration in the interests of the United States"
Status Active
Statistics
Established July 29, 1959
First awarded 1959
Precedence
Next (higher) Congressional Space Medal of Honor
Equivalent Distinguished Public Service Medal
Next (lower) Outstanding Leadership Medal
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NASA Distinguished Service Ribbon

The NASA Distinguished Service Medal is the highest award which may be bestowed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration of the United States. The medal may be presented to any member of the federal government, including both military astronauts and civilian employees.

The NASA Distinguished Service Medal is awarded to those who display distinguished service, ability, or courage, and have personally made a contribution representing substantial progress to the NASA mission. The contribution must be so extraordinary that other forms of recognition would be inadequate.

Typical presentations of the NASA Distinguished Service Medal included awards to senior NASA administrators, mission control leaders, and astronauts who have completed several successful space flights. Due to the prestige of the award, the decoration is authorized for wear on active uniforms of the United States military. Another such authorized decoration is the NASA Space Flight Medal.

Upon the recommendation of NASA, the president may award an even higher honor to astronauts, the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.

The medal was original awarded by the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics and was inherited by NASA. The first NASA version (type I), featuring the NASA seal, was issued from 1959 until 1961, when it was replaced by the current type II medal (shown). Only three type I medals were awarded—to John W. Crowley, NASA Director of Aeronautical and Space Research; and Mercury astronauts Alan B. Shepard Jr. and Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom.

James Webb's award, 1 November 1968

Recipients[]

1959[]

  • John W. Crowley, Jr. (first award)[1]

1961[]

  • Alan Shepard (May 8, 1961)
  • Virgil I. Grissom (July 22, 1961)

1962[]

1965[]

1968[]

1969[]

  • William A. Anders
  • Frank A. Bogart
  • Carroll H. Bolender
  • Frank Borman
  • Robert E. Bourdeau
  • Eugene A. Cernan
  • Roger B. Chaffee
  • John F. Clark
  • Raymond L. Clark
  • Ozro M. Covington
  • Kurt H. Debus
  • Maxime A. Faget
  • Robert R. Gilruth
  • Harry H. Gorman
  • Virgil I. Grissom
  • Hans F. Gruene
  • George H. Hage

1970[]

  • Edwin E. Aldrin
  • Neil A. Armstrong
  • Alan L. Bean

1971[]

  • Charles J. Donlan
  • James B. Irwin
  • Vincent L. Johnson
  • Walter J. Kapryan
  • Eugene F. Kranz
  • Bruce T. Lundin

  • Glynn S. Lunney
  • James A. McDivitt
  • Edgar D. Mitchell
  • Bernard Moritz
  • Dale D. Myers
  • Oran W. Nicks

  • Stuart A. Roosa
  • David R. Scott
  • Alan B. Shepard
  • Sigurd A. Sjoberg
  • John W. Townsend
  • Alfred M. Worden

1972[]

1973[]

  • Owen K. Garriott
  • Ernst D. Geissler
  • Roy E. Godfrey
  • Robert H. Gray
  • George B. Hardy
  • Robert C. Hock
  • William P. Horton
  • S. Neil Hosenball
  • Roy P. Jackson
  • Richard S. Johnston
  • Joseph P. Kerwin
  • James E. Kingsbury
  • Jack A. Kinzler
  • Kenneth S. Kleinknecht

1974[]

  • Norman Pozinsky
  • Martin L. Raines
  • Lee R. Scherer
  • John M. Thole
  • Robert F. Thompson

1975[]

  • Vance D. Brand
  • Robert H. Curtin
  • M. P. Frank
  • Donald P. Hearth
  • Chester M. Lee

  • Glynn S. Lunney
  • Joseph B. Mahon
  • Ellery B. May
  • John L. McLucas
  • William Nordberg

1976[]

  • Charles J. Donlan
  • Isaac T. Gillam
  • Charles R. Gunn

  • William M. Lohse
  • Charles W. Mathews
  • John J. Neilon

  • Leonard Roberts
  • William R. Schindler

1977[]

  • Edgar M. Cortright
  • Malcolm R. Currie
  • James C. Fletcher
  • Noel W. Hinners

  • Leonard Jaffe
  • Harriett G. Jenkins
  • Robert S. Kraemer
  • Bruce T. Lundin

  • Hans M. Mark
  • James S. Martin
  • John E. Naugle
  • Henry W. Norris
  • A. Thomas Young

1978[]

  • Robert H. Curtin
  • Marvin L. McNickle

1981[]

1992[]

  • Berrien Moore III

1995[]

  • Dr. Charles J. Pellerin

1996[]

  • Gerald M. Smith

2000[]

  • No awards

2001[]

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Joseph Philip Loftus Jr. April 2001

2002[]

2003[]

2004[]

  • Lott W. Brantley Jr.
  • G. Scott Hubbard

2007[]

  • Douglas Hendriksen[7]

2008[]

  • Walter Cunningham
  • Donn Eisele
  • Fuk Li
  • Walter Schirra
  • E. Myles Standish
  • Richard Sunseri

2009[]

  • Christopher Scolese[8]
  • Stephanie D. Wilson

2010[9][]

  • David K. Alonso
  • Scott D. Altman
  • John M. Grunsfeld
  • Jeffrey M. Hanley

  • John T. James
  • Suresh M. Joshi
  • William H. Kinard
  • Steven J. Ostro

2011[]

  • Stephen K. Robinson
  • Richard Mushotzky
  • Daniel McCleese
  • Richard Fisher
  • Stephanie D. Wilson
  • James E. Fesmire

2012[]

  • Mark E. Kelly
  • Alan J. Lindenmoyer
  • David M. Martin, Manager Launch Vehicle Systems Office, Commercial Crew Program [11]
  • Ann McNair
  • Robert R. Meyer
  • Martin G. Mlynczak
  • Philip E. Phillips, Program Manager, Ground Systems Development and Operations Program[11]

  • Craig L. Purdy
  • Daniel C. Reda
  • Joseph Savino
  • Phillip A. Sabelhaus
  • Peter J. Serlemitsos
  • Robert M. Stephens
  • Michael T. Suffredini
  • Richard Zurek

See also[]

  • List of NASA awards

References[]

External links[]

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