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The NASA Exceptional Service Medal is an award granted to U.S. government employees for significant sustained performance characterized by unusual initiative or creative ability that clearly demonstrates substantial improvement in engineering, aeronautics, space flight, administration, support, or space-related endeavors which contribute to NASA programs.

NASA Exceptional Service Medal
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NASA Exceptional Service Medal
Awarded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
CountryUnited States
EstablishedJuly 29, 1959
Next (higher)NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal
Next (lower)Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal
Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal
Exceptional Technology Achievement Medal
Exceptional Administrative Achievement Medal
Equal Employment Opportunity Medal
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NASA Exceptional Service Ribbon
Certificate that accompanies the medal, given to Wally Schirra in 1964.

The medal was inherited by NASA from its predecessor organization, the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics (NACA) and featured the NACA emblem. The original NASA version featured the NASA seal.

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  1. ^ "Buzz Aldrin: Highlights & Achievements" (PDF). Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Whoosh to Altitude Record 'Tremendous Thrill' to Astros". Independent. Long Beach, California. UPI. August 2, 1966. p. 14 – via

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