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NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal

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NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal
Awarded for"a significant, specific accomplishment or substantial improvement in operations, efficiency, service, financial savings, science, or technology which contributes to the mission of NASA."
CountryUnited States
Presented bythe National Aeronautics and Space Administration
EligibilityGovernment employees only
NASA Exceptional Achievement Ribbon
Next (higher)Outstanding Leadership Medal
EquivalentOutstanding Service Medal (obsolete)
Exceptional Service Medal
Next (lower)Exceptional Achievement Medal
Exceptional Service Medal
Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal
Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal
Exceptional Technology Achievement Medal
Exceptional Administrative Achievement Medal
Equal Employment Opportunity Medal

The NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal is an award of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration established in 1991. The medal is awarded to both civilian members of NASA and military astronauts.

To be awarded the medal, a NASA employee must make substantial contributions characterized by a substantial and significant improvement in operations, efficiency, service, financial savings, science, or technology which directly contribute to the mission of NASA. For civilians, the decoration is typically bestowed to mid-level and senior NASA administrators who have supervised at least four to five successful NASA missions. Astronauts may be awarded the decoration after two to three space flights.

Due to its prestige, the medal is authorized as a military decoration for display on active duty military uniforms upon application from the service member to the various branch of the military in which they serve.

Notable recipients[edit]

Selected recipients by year[edit]

There are usually more than 100 recipients of this medal annually. For example, there were 177 recipients in 2010.

2010 Honorees:[3]

2013 Honorees:[4]

2019 Honorees:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Lana M. Couch". Distinguished Engineering Alumna Award. Purdue University College of Engineering. 1994. Retrieved 2023-08-12.
  2. ^ "Fil-Am mom gets NASA medal". philstar.com. No. 1 August 2010. PhilStar Global Corp. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  3. ^ "NASA Agency Honor Awards 2010" (PDF). NASA. May 11, 2010. Retrieved December 17, 2022.
  4. ^ "2013 NASA Agency Honor Awards" (PDF). NASA. Retrieved December 17, 2022.
  5. ^ "Rita Sambruna Exceptional Achievement Medal 2019". YouTube. Event occurs at 22m00s.

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