Hubble Space Telescope Media Kit
Pillars of Creation, 2014. NASA, ESA, STScI, Hester/Scowen (ASU)
Hubble @ 25
The Hubble Space Telescope, operating with five instruments built by Ball Aerospace, continues to reveal hidden secrets of the universe and deliver astounding images of distant stars and galaxies.
During the final Hubble servicing mission in 2009, astronauts installed the Ball Aerospace-built Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) and the Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3); and upgraded two critical Ball instruments: the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS), installed in 1997; and the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS), installed during the 2002 servicing mission. The mission extended the operating life of the telescope and greatly enhanced its scientific capability.
Out of this whirl. Credit: NASA, ESA, STScI/AURA
Inspiring Images from Ball Aerospace
- Since 1978, Ball Aerospace has played a pivotal role in the operation of the Hubble Space Telescope, one of the world’s most productive science telescopes.
- Ball has built a total of seven science instruments for Hubble.
- All five optical science instruments currently aboard the telescope are made by Ball.
- Ball’s Corrective Optics Space Telescope Axial Replacement (COSTAR) in conjunction with JPL’s WFPC-2, corrected Hubble’s hazy vision in record time.
- Thousands of Ball engineers and scientists have devoted their careers to building the instruments that launched with Hubble and those that were built and installed in Hubble’s four servicing missions.
More than 2000 @Ball have worked on Hubble over the years
- Ball employees have devoted more than 1, 920 man-years (1 man year=48weeks) to working on Hubble
- Ball’s Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph confirmed the existence of black holes in the universe.
- Ball’s Wide Field Camera 3 improved Hubble’s ultraviolet imaging by a factor of 10 and added 30 times more coverage in near infrared wavelengths.
- Ball’s Cosmic Origins Spectrograph explores the “cosmic web” to reveal new secrets about how and when distant stars and planets were formed.
- Ball’s Advanced Camera for Surveys increased Hubble’s efficiency tenfold, allowing the telescope to discover more distant objects faster.
- Ball’s Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph expanded the capabilities of the Goddard Spectrograph, furthering scientific understanding of the origins, properties and dynamics of stars as well as planets and their moons. B
- Ball’s Near-Infrared Camera and Multi-object Spectrometer discovered planets outside our solar system and the farthest and faintest galaxies ever observed.
- As Ball upgraded Hubble’s instruments in the four servicing missions, corrective optics were built into each instrument, so COSTAR was not needed and was removed in 2009.
Hubble in the News:
March 12, 2015 USA Today