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NASA Recognizes Ball Aerospace Employees for Deep Impact Mission Contributions

June 6, 2006

BOULDER, Colo. – Ball Aerospace employees will be recognized by NASA this month for their distinguished accomplishments on the successful Deep Impact mission.

Deep Impact Program Manager Monte Henderson, will receive the Distinguished Public Service Medal during a June 7 ceremony at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. Henderson’s award is the highest honor given by NASA to non-government employees, and is awarded only when the contribution is so extraordinary that other forms of recognition would be inadequate.

 “I am extremely honored to be a recipient of this distinguished award,” said Henderson. “The success of the Deep Impact mission was a result of difficult and dedicated work by more than 300 Ball Aerospace employees.”

NASA will also honor Ball Aerospace with a group award for work on Deep Impact.  The NASA Public Service Group Achievement Award will be accepted by Harold Montoya, the program’s flight system manager.  The group award was established to acknowledge outstanding accomplishments through the coordination of many individual efforts that contribute substantially to a NASA mission. It is the highest honor the agency gives to non-government personnel groups.

In recent months, Deep Impact has also been acknowledged as a finalist for the Laureate Awards given by Aviation Week and & Space Technology; and has received a Stellar Award from the Johnson Space Center Rotary National Award for Space Achievement Foundation.

Ball Aerospace built the Impactor and Flyby spacecraft for the Deep Impact mission, and three instruments used for navigation and science collection.  The mission’s encounter with Comet Temple 1 on July 4, 2005, was so successful, three new missions have been proposed, including one that would use the original mission’s Flyby spacecraft to look at a second comet, Comet Boethin, in December 2008.

This is the sixth NASA public service award received by Ball Aerospace employees in the past 10 years.

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.” Ball Aerospace now develops spacecraft, payloads, systems and components 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 15,600 people worldwide.

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