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NASA Distinguished Service Medal

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.

NASA Distinguished Service Medal
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NASA Distinguished Service Medal
Awarded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
CountryUnited States
TypeMedal
EligibilityFederal government employees
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"
StatusActive
Statistics
EstablishedJuly 29, 1959
First awarded1959
Precedence
Next (higher)Congressional Space Medal of Honor
EquivalentDistinguished Public Service Medal
Next (lower)Outstanding Leadership Medal
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NASA Distinguished Service Ribbon

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 for Aeronautics and was inherited by NASA. The first NASA version (type I), featuring the NASA seal, was issued from 1959 until 1964, when it was replaced by the current type II medal (shown).

James Webb's award, 1 November 1968

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Walter C Williams :received DSM on August 14, 1981;signed in Washington by James Beggs Second DSM; first in June 1962

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Robert O. Aller received DSM on November 26 1984. Signed in WDC by James Beggs.

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  • Joseph H Rothenberg

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  • Joseph H Rothenberg

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Brock "Randy" Stone

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2012Edit

  • Frank J. Benz[14]
  • Byron Butler
  • Sam V. Digesu
  • Christopher J. Ferguson
  • David C. Folta
  • Michael E. Fossum
  • Mark E. Kelly
  • Alan J. Lindenmoyer
  • David M. Martin[15]
  • Ann McNair
  • Robert R. Meyer
  • Martin G. Mlynczak
  • Philip E. Phillips[15]
  • Craig L. Purdy
  • Daniel C. Reda
  • Joseph Savino
  • Phillip A. Sabelhaus
  • Peter J. Serlemitsos
  • Robert M. Stephens
  • Michael T. Suffredini
  • Richard Zurek

2015Edit

  • Raymond G. Clinton Jr.
  • Carl Preston Jones

2016Edit

  • James O. Arnold
  • Perry L. Becker
  • Jeri Buchholz
  • Ricky W. Butler
  • Edward R. Generazio
  • Linda M. Jensen
  • Jack King
  • Jennifer C. Kunz
  • Michael F. O'Brien
  • William Oegerle
  • Patrick Scheuermann
  • Piers J. Sellers
  • J. William Sikora
  • Teresa Vanhooser

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Morris, John S. (1961) "President Will Give Medal to Astronaut", The New York Times, May 7, 1961.
  2. ^ "mach-buster.co.uk".
  3. ^ "President Kennedy Awards the NASA Distinguished Service Medal to Major Gordon Cooper, 21 May 1963".
  4. ^ a b Schudel, Matt (16 November 2005). "Willis Shapley Dies". Washington Post. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  5. ^ "Astronaut Bio: Robert L. Crippen (07\2001)".
  6. ^ "Astronaut Bio: Franklin Story Musgrave (M.D.)".
  7. ^ "Chief Of Staff Courtney Stadd Announces Plans To Leave Agency". NASA Newsroom. May 27, 2003. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  8. ^ James Voss Archived 2010-05-29 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Astronaut Bio: William McCool 5/04".
  10. ^ "NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Honors Employees at Annual Awards Ceremony".
  11. ^ NASA - Tampa Native Hendriksen Receives NASA Distinguished Service Medal
  12. ^ "Christopher Scolese Receives the NASA Distinguished Service Medal (200908120001HQ)".
  13. ^ "NASA Agency Honor Awards 2010" (PDF). NASA.
  14. ^ "Distinguished Service Medal" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-02-03.
  15. ^ a b "NASA Awards" (PDF). Spaceport News. 7 September 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
  16. ^ "Distinguished Public Service Medal Honorees". 7 September 2012. Retrieved 23 February 2018.

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