Distinguished Service Medal with certificate
Lot 158
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL.
Sold for US$ 4,575 inc. premium

Auction 17402: The Space Sale
16 Jul 2009 13:00 EDT

New York
Lot Details
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL.
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL.
A Distinguished Service medal, 1½ inches across. The obverse with wording "Distinguished Service - NASA" and featuring a raised centerpiece of a vector and elliptical orbit shape. The edge alternating from fluted to Maltese cross-like design. The reverse engraved "Maxime A. Faget, October 2, 1969" being the presentation date. Together with miniature lapel pin in the same style, and ribbon rosette, each ½ inch across. The three pieces together in the original presentation box and with original signed award certificate.

This medal was NASA's highest award at that time. The framed certificate reads: "The National Aeronautics and Space Administration Award to Maxime A. Faget, Director of Engineering and Development, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal. In recognition of his distinguished contributions to the success of the Apollo Program. His outstanding leadership and dedicated performance were essential elements in the fulfillment of this Nation's commitment to achieve the goal, during this decade, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to Earth. The scientific and technological capability demonstrated by the flight of Apollo 11 has opened for all mankind the new era of interplanetary travel. Signed and sealed at Washington, D.C. this twenty-ninth day of September Nineteen Hundred and Sixty-Nine." The certificate is signed by Tom Paine, the NASA Administrator in 1969.
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