Dr. Thomas B McCord
NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal
Dr. Thomas B. McCord received NASA's Distinguished Public Service Medal in a ceremony, July 17, 2013, at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The medal is NASA's highest form of recognition awarded to any non-government individual whose distinguished service, ability, or vision has personally contributed to NASA's advancement of the United States' interests. Previous recipients include Carl Sagan, Charles Draper, Frank Press, Gerald Wasserburg, Norman Augustine, Lyman Spitzer, Harrison Schmidt and Robert Heinlein.
Dr. McCord received the medal "for exceptional and sustained scientific achievements in understanding the origin and evolution of planetary bodies including the Moon, Mars, Vesta, Ceres, Titan and Europa" and for "making outstanding contributions to the NASA mission."
NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver, left, and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden present Thomas McCord with the agency's Distinguished Public Service Medal at a recent ceremony in Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy of NASA.