NASA Distinguished Service Medal

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

The NASA Distinguished Service Medal is the highest award that can 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.

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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).

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James Webb's award, 1 November 1968

Recipients

1959

1961

1962

1963

1965

1968

1969

1970

1972

1973

1974

1975

1976

  • Charles J. Donlan
  • Isaac T. Gillam
  • Charles R. Gunn
  • William M. Lohse
  • Charles W. Mathews
  • John J. Neilon
  • Leonard Roberts
  • William R. Schindler

1977

1978

1980

1981

1984

1988

1991

1992

1994

1995

1996

2000

2001

2002

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

[24]

2011

2012

  • Frank J. Benz [25]
  • Byron Butler
  • Sam V. Digesu
  • Christopher J. Ferguson
  • David C. Folta
  • Michael E. Fossum
  • Mark E. Kelly
  • Alan J. Lindenmoyer
  • David M. Martin [26]
  • Ann McNair
  • Robert R. Meyer
  • Martin G. Mlynczak
  • Philip E. Phillips [26]
  • Craig L. Purdy
  • Daniel C. Reda
  • Joseph Savino
  • Phillip A. Sabelhaus
  • Peter J. Serlemitsos
  • Robert M. Stephens
  • Michael T. Suffredini
  • Richard Zurek

2015

  • Raymond G. Clinton Jr.
  • Carl Preston Jones

2016

  • 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

2017

2018

[28]

  • Theodore Adams
  • Gale Allen [29]
  • Christine Belcastro
  • John Charles
  • Charles Dovale
  • Philip Eberspeaker [29]
  • James Free [29]
  • Cornelis Gehrels
  • Pamela Hanes
  • Kenneth Human [29]
  • Robert Jacobs
  • Debra Johnson
  • Lauren Leo [29]
  • Robert Lightfoot [29]
  • Dawn Lowe
  • Joel Montalbano
  • Ellen Ochoa [29]
  • Krista Paquin [29]
  • Jonathan Pettus [29]
  • Dennis Reuter
  • Lesa Roe [29]
  • Michael Sampson
  • Christopher Singer [29]
  • Hanwant Singh
  • Gregory Williams [29]
  • Josef Wonsever
  • Joseph Zawodny

2019


[30]

  • Richard Antcliff
  • Richard Barney
  • Darren Bedell
  • Dwayne C. Brown
  • Thomas Bryan
  • Layne Carter
  • Ricky Cissom
  • Joseph Cuzzupoli
  • William DeLoach
  • Daniel Dittman
  • Edward Fein
  • Michael Freilich
  • Michael Good
  • Tyrell Hawkins
  • William Hicks
  • Andrew Hunter
  • Dorsie Jones
  • Vicki Kloeris
  • Joseph Madden
  • Edward Masuoka
  • Todd May
  • William Myers
  • Jim Reuter
  • Melvin Scruggs
  • Robert Scully
  • Jaiwon Shin
  • Patrick Simpkins
  • Steven Sullivan
  • Eric Thaxton
  • Michael Van Houten
  • Brenton Weathered
  • Terry Wilcutt

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