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Biography - NASA AwardsNASA Awards Index
4 Distinguished Service Medals
June 22, 1972
May 19, 1981
December 7, 2004
This medal is awarded to any person in the Federal service who, by distinguished service, ability, or courage, has personally made a contribution representing substantial progress to the NASA mission in the interests of the United States. The contribution must be so extraordinary that the other forms of recognition by NASA would be inadequate. This is the highest honor that NASA confers. According to NASA guidelines, an individual may be nominated for this award after their fourth flight, or second flight as Commander/Payload Commander.
"For distinguished service as Commander of the first orbital test flight of the reusable space shuttle - a new generation of spacecraft whose highly successful first flight promises a continued U.S. preeminence in space."
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