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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
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 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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  • Frank J. Benz[13]
  • Byron Butler
  • Sam V. Digesu
  • Christopher J. Ferguson
  • David C. Folta
  • Michael E. Fossum
  • Mark E. Kelly
  • Alan J. Lindenmoyer
  • David M. Martin[14]
  • Ann McNair
  • Robert R. Meyer
  • Martin G. Mlynczak
  • Philip E. Phillips[14]
  • Craig L. Purdy
  • Daniel C. Reda
  • Joseph Savino
  • Phillip A. Sabelhaus
  • Peter J. Serlemitsos
  • Robert M. Stephens
  • Michael T. Suffredini
  • Richard Zurek

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  • Raymond G. Clinton Jr.
  • Carl Preston Jones

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  • 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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  • Dolores A. Holland

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