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Agency Honor Awards
NASA’s most prestigious honor awards are approved by the Administrator and presented to a number of carefully selected individuals and groups of individuals, both Government and non-Government, who have distinguished themselves by making outstanding contributions to the Agency’s mission.  The Chair of the Incentive Awards Board (IAB) annually requests nominations for the various NASA honor awards.  After a rigorous review, the IAB forwards their recommendations to the Administrator for approval.  NASA medals and/or certificates are, subsequently, presented to the award recipients by the Agency’s highest officials at the annual awards ceremonies held at NASA Headquarters and each NASA Center.
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NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal

NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal (non-Government personnel) The highest honor NASA awards to anyone who was not a Government employee when the service was performed. The award is granted only to individuals whose distinguished accomplishments contributed substantially to the NASA mission. The contribution must be so extraordinary that other forms of recognition would be inadequate.

NASA Distinguished Service Medal NASA Distinguished Service Medal (Government employees only) The highest honor that NASA confers. It may be 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. The contribution must be so extraordinary that other forms of recognition would be inadequate.
NASA Equal Employment Opportunity Medal

NASA Equal Employment Opportunity Medal (Government employees and non-Government personnel) An award given for outstanding achievement and material contribution to the goals of NASA’s Equal Employment Opportunity Programs either within Government, community organizations, or groups.

NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal

NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal (Government employees only) An award granted for a significant, specific accomplishment or substantial improvement in operations, efficiency, service, financial savings, science, or technology which contributes to the mission of NASA.
Exceptional Administrative Achievement Medal

Exceptional Administrative Achievement Medal (Government employees only) - An award given to any person in the Federal service for a significant, specific accomplishment or contribution characterized by unusual initiative or creativity that clearly demonstrates a substantial improvement in administrative support contributing to the mission of NASA, such as:

  • Exceptional initiative in carrying out office/program support activities that resulted in improved processes and operations.
  • Development and improvement of administrative support methods and processes that resulted in substantial benefit to the office or program.
  • Notable competence and resourcefulness in accomplishing and improving office/program processes and operations.
NASA Exceptional Bravery Medal NASA Exceptional Bravery Medal (Government employees and non-Government personnel) An award for exemplary and courageous handling of an emergency by an individual who, independent of personal danger, has acted to prevent the loss of human life or Government property.
NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal

NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal (Government employees and non-Government personnel) An award given for exceptional engineering contributions toward achieving the NASA mission.

NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal (Government employees and non-Government personnel) An award given for an exceptional scientific contribution toward achieving the NASA mission.
NASA Exceptional Service Medal NASA Exceptional Service Medal (Government employees only) An award granted for significant sustained performance characterized by unusual initiative or creative ability that clearly demonstrates substantial improvement in engineering, aeronautics, space flight, administration, support, or space-related endeavors which contribute to NASA programs.
Exceptional Technology Achievement Medal

Exceptional Technology Achievement Medal (Government employees and non-Government personnel) - An award given for technology contributions achieved in one of the following:

  • Early technology development significantly contributing to the NASA mission.
  • Exemplary collaborative effort in achieving significant technology transfer.
  • Exceptional utilization of a NASA-developed technology resulting in a significant commercial application.
Group Achievement Award certificate

Group Achievement Award (Government employees and non-Government personnel) - A team award given to a group of Government employees or a group comprised of both Government employees and non-Government personnel for outstanding accomplishment through the coordination of many individual efforts which has contributed substantially to the NASA mission, with explicit consideration given to:

  1. the quality of results and the level of impact on NASA programs or operations;
  2. effective management of cost and schedule;
  3. customer satisfaction;
  4. team growth and capacity for future contribution; and
  5. additional credit for development of innovative approaches, use of and contributions to lessons learned data banks, and/or success in responding to unforeseen crises.
NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal (Government employees only) This is awarded for notably outstanding leadership which affects technical or administrative programs of NASA. The leadership award may be given for an act of leadership, for sustained contributions based on a leader’s effectiveness, for the productivity of the leader’s program, or for the leader’s demonstrated ability in developing the administrative or technical talents of other employees.
Public Service Group Achievement Award certificate Public Service Group Achievement Award (non-Government personnel) - A team award given to a group of non-Government personnel for an outstanding accomplishment while participating in a significant program or project that has contributed substantially to the NASA mission, with explicit consideration given to: (1) the quality of results and the level of impact on NASA programs or operations; (2) effective management of cost and schedule; (3) customer satisfaction; and (4) additional credit for development of innovative approaches and/or success in responding to unforeseen crises.
NASA Public Service Medal NASA Public Service Medal (non-Government personnel) An award granted to anyone who was not a Government employee when the service was performed. The award recognizes exceptional contributions to the mission of NASA.
NASA Space Flight Medal

NASA Space Flight Medal (flight crew members) An award given  for significant achievement or service during individual participation as a civilian or military astronaut, pilot, mission specialist, payload specialist, or other space flight participant in a space flight mission.

 

 
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