Engineers from NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, and NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, remove segments of a heat-resistant material called Avcoat from the surface of the Orion heat shield, the protective shell designed to help the next-generation crew module and its future occupants withstand the heat of atmospheric reentry. The work is being conducted in the seven-axis milling machine facility at Marshall.

To nominate a technology or software for these competitions contact the Awards Liaison Officer (ALO') at your Center. They will inform you of the procedures for submitting a nomination and obtain the management and Center approvals needed to submit the nomination.

Each submitted technology or software must document that it meets the criteria of being significant, scientific, technical, and aerospace in nature.

Completed nomination packages are submitted by the ALO to the Inventions and Contributions Board for review and scoring. The ICB then meets to hear presentations from the nominees and makes recommendations to the sponsors of the respective competitions. The sponsors then send their recommendations to the NASA Administrator for final approval and announcement of the winners.

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