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National Aeronautics and Space Administration Distinguished Service Medal, 2nd type, miniature
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National Aeronautics and Space Administration Distinguished Service Medal, 2nd type, miniature
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Miniature matt gilt cross pattée, a rectangular ray and four shorter round rays between each arm, on laterally-pierced lug for ribbon suspension; the face with circular blue enamel and gilt elements of the N.A.S.A. insignia within a stylised laurel wreath and ring inscribed ‘DISTINGUISHED SERVICE N.A.S.A.; the reverse plain gilt; diameter 20.4mm (0.8 inch); on original ribbon with bar mounting.

The Medal was instituted on 29 July 1959 by the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics and was inherited by NASA. The first version was issued from 1959 to 1961 when it was replaced with the type seen in this example.

The Medal is the highest award of N.A.S.A. and is bestowed 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’.

 
National Aeronautics and Space Administration Distinguished Service Medal, 2nd type, miniature
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National Aeronautics and Space Administration Distinguished Service Medal, 2nd type, miniature
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National Aeronautics and Space Administration Distinguished Service Medal, 2nd type, miniature
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