NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal

NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal

Established by NASA on September 15, 1961, when the original ESM was divided into three separate awards.

- NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal
NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal

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Carolyn S. Shoemaker

American astronomer and a co-discoverer of Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9.

American astronomer and a co-discoverer of Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9.

Palomar Observatory near San Diego, California, where Carolyn and Gene Shoemaker recorded many of their astronomical discoveries
Clark Dome at Lowell Observatory
Shoemaker in 1986

In 1996, Shoemaker received an honorary doctorate degree from the Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona and the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal.

Eugene Merle Shoemaker

American geologist.

American geologist.

Eugene Shoemaker wearing a Bell Rocket Belt while training astronauts.
Shoemaker training astronauts at Brooks Camp, Katmai National Park

NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal, 1996.

Jack N. James (center), JPL's Mariner 4 Project Manager, with a group in the White House presenting the spacecraft's famous picture Number 11 of Mars to US President Lyndon B. Johnson (center right) in July 1965.

Jack James (rocket engineer)

US rocket engineer who worked for over 35 years at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, USA.

US rocket engineer who worked for over 35 years at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, USA.

Jack N. James (center), JPL's Mariner 4 Project Manager, with a group in the White House presenting the spacecraft's famous picture Number 11 of Mars to US President Lyndon B. Johnson (center right) in July 1965.

He received commendations for his work from several US Presidents, and his awards include the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal (1965) and the Stuart Ballantine Medal (1967).

Houbolt explains lunar orbit rendezvous

John Houbolt

Aerospace engineer credited with leading the team behind the lunar orbit rendezvous (LOR) mission mode, a concept that was used to successfully land humans on the Moon and return them to Earth.

Aerospace engineer credited with leading the team behind the lunar orbit rendezvous (LOR) mission mode, a concept that was used to successfully land humans on the Moon and return them to Earth.

Houbolt explains lunar orbit rendezvous
Certificate from NASA
LOR explained by Houbolt

He was awarded the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal in 1963.

Hong-Yee Chiu and Ma Ying-jeou, President of Republic of China, Taiwan

Hong-Yee Chiu

Chinese-American astrophysicist, at NASA for 35 years, and successful publisher of EHGBooks micro-publishing company.

Chinese-American astrophysicist, at NASA for 35 years, and successful publisher of EHGBooks micro-publishing company.

Hong-Yee Chiu and Ma Ying-jeou, President of Republic of China, Taiwan

In 1969, Chiu became the first Chinese-American scientist to receive the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal.

James R. Arnold

The Harold C. Urey Professor of Chemistry (emeritus), and a noted pioneer in the field of planetary and space chemistry at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), where an endowed lectureship has been established in his name.

The Harold C. Urey Professor of Chemistry (emeritus), and a noted pioneer in the field of planetary and space chemistry at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), where an endowed lectureship has been established in his name.

For his work he was awarded the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal in 1970.

Donald D. Clayton in 2012

Donald D. Clayton

American astrophysicist whose most visible achievement was the prediction from nucleosynthesis theory that supernovae are intensely radioactive.

American astrophysicist whose most visible achievement was the prediction from nucleosynthesis theory that supernovae are intensely radioactive.

Donald D. Clayton in 2012

That earned Clayton the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal (1992) for “theoretical astrophysics related to the formation of (chemical) elements in the explosions of stars and to the observable products of these explosions”.

Marcy in 2007

Geoffrey Marcy

American astronomer.

American astronomer.

Marcy in 2007

NASA Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement (2003)

The Paranal Observatory of European Southern Observatory is shooting a laser guide star to the Galactic Center

James R. Houck

The Kenneth A. Wallace Professor of Astronomy at Cornell University.

The Kenneth A. Wallace Professor of Astronomy at Cornell University.

The Paranal Observatory of European Southern Observatory is shooting a laser guide star to the Galactic Center

NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal (1984) "for outstanding contributions to IRAS, including efforts in the rebuilding of the telescope focal plane assembly and continuing scientific analysis."

The Paranal Observatory of European Southern Observatory is shooting a laser guide star to the Galactic Center

Donald E. Brownlee

Professor of astronomy at the University of Washington at Seattle and the principal investigator for NASA's Stardust mission.

Professor of astronomy at the University of Washington at Seattle and the principal investigator for NASA's Stardust mission.

The Paranal Observatory of European Southern Observatory is shooting a laser guide star to the Galactic Center

He has been awarded the J. Lawrence Smith Medal from the National Academy of Sciences, the Leonard Medal from the Meteoritical Society, and the NASA Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement in 2007.