Unique NASA Golden Anniversary plaqueNASA Fifty Years of Service Award Plaque Given to Pat Patnesky in 1989. This is an amazing and important item. A 16.75" diameter engraved metal plate mounted on a 17.5" diameter x 0.75" deep heavy wooden plaque. In the center is 3.5" NASA Seal medal. The engraved plate has images of the various airplanes Patnesky was associated with while an Air Force photographer at top and images of the various manned spacecraft that he shot while at NASA. The text reads: "In grateful recognition and appreciation of faithful service to The National Aeronautics and Space Administration and to the Government of The United States of America. This portrayal of 50 years service is presented to Andrew R. Patnesky. [engraved signature] Aaron Cohen Director JSC". It is very reminiscent of Patnesky's specific career because it was designed specifically for him. No one had ever received a Fifty Year award at the Johnson Space Center before this one! Excellent. From the personal collection of longtime NASA photojournalist Andrew "Pat" Patnesky.
Included in this lot is the certificate that was given along with this plaque as well as a color NASA photo of the presentation. Also, Patnesky's certificate for Fifty-Five years of service (!) presented in 1994 along with the letter of congratulations from Daniel S. Goldin, along with photos and newspaper clippings regarding his illustrious career. Of special mention- a 1997-dated typed personal letter of congratulations on his retirement from Charles Bolden who is now, of course, the NASA administrator.
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