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Ball Aerospace's Deep Impact Nominated for Aerospace Award

March 30, 2006

BOULDER, Colo. – Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine recently named Ball Aerospace as a finalist for its 49th Annual Laureate Awards for the 2005 comet-colliding mission known as Deep Impact. The Laureate Awards are given to winners in the categories of military; air transport; business or general aviation; space; information technology or electronics; operations; and aeronautics or propulsion. Deep Impact is competing in the space category. Nominees will attend a dinner on April 7 at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, where the winners in each category will be announced. The Laurels Awards were created to recognize the extraordinary accomplishments of individuals and teams in aviation, aerospace and defense.

“The Laurel awards are the aerospace industry's Oscars ®,” says Monte Henderson, Ball Aerospace’s Deep Impact program manager. Henderson will represent the more than 300 Ball Aerospace employees who worked on the successful program. “Being nominated signifies that our peers recognize how complex and difficult this mission was.” Henderson will share the Laurels nomination for Deep Impact with his counterparts at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of Maryland.

The Deep Impact mission accomplished its remarkable goal of colliding with deep-space comet Tempel 1 and excavating material from its nucleus on the Fourth of July, 2005. Using its onboard instruments, Deep Impact observed the comet’s surface before, during, and after impact, and returned thousands of images to Earth for scientific study.

Ball Aerospace celebrates its 50th year in business in 2006. The company began building pointing controls for military rockets in 1956, and later won a contract to build one of NASA’s first spacecraft, the Orbiting Solar Observatory. Over the years, the company has been responsible for numerous technological and scientific ‘firsts’ and now acts as a technology innovator for important national missions.

Ball Corporation is a supplier of high-quality metal and plastic packaging products and owns Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., which develops sensors, spacecraft, systems and components for government and commercial customers. Ball reported 2005 sales of $5.8 billion and the company employs 13,100 people worldwide.

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