NASA Distinguished Service Medal
|NASA Distinguished Service Medal|
NASA Distinguished Service Medal
|Awarded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration|
|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"|
|Established||July 29, 1959|
|Next (higher)||Congressional Space Medal of Honor|
|Equivalent||Distinguished Public Service Medal|
|Next (lower)||Outstanding Leadership Medal|
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.
- 1 Recipients
- 2 See also
- 3 References
- 4 External links
- Wally Schirra (December 30, 1965)
- No awards
Joseph Philip Loftus Jr. April 2001
- Stephen K. Robinson
- Richard Mushotzky
- Daniel McCleese
- Richard Fisher
- Stephanie D. Wilson
- James E. Fesmire
- Frank J. Benz
- Byron Butler
- Sam V. Digesu
- Christopher J. Ferguson
- David C. Folta
- Michael E. Fossum
- Mark E. Kelly
- Alan J. Lindenmoyer
- David M. Martin
- Ann McNair
- Robert R. Meyer
- Martin G. Mlynczak
- Philip E. Phillips
- Craig L. Purdy
- Daniel C. Reda
- Joseph Savino
- Phillip A. Sabelhaus
- Peter J. Serlemitsos
- Robert M. Stephens
- Michael T. Suffredini
- Richard Zurek
- Morris, John S. (1961) "President Will Give Medal to Astronaut", The New York Times, May 7, 1961.
- Astronaut Bio: Robert L. Crippen (07\2001)
- James Voss
- Astronaut Bio: William McCool 5/04
- NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Honors Employees at Annual Awards Ceremony | SpaceRef - Your Space Reference
- NASA - Tampa Native Hendriksen Receives NASA Distinguished Service Medal
- Christopher Scolese Receives the NASA Distinguished Service Medal (200908120001HQ) | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
- "NASA Agency Honor Awards 2010" (PDF). NASA.
- "Distinguished Service Medal" (PDF).
- "NASA Awards" (PDF). Spaceport News. 7 September 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012.