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
, 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 numerous 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
NASA Distinguished Service Medal
- Morris, John S. (1961) "President Will Give Medal to
Astronaut", The New York Times, May 7 1961.