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NASA Recognizes Ball Aerospace's Finley for Spitzer Space Telescope Contribution
August 17, 2007
Paul Finley has been awarded NASA's Exceptional Public Service Medal for his work on the Spitzer Space Telescope.
BOULDER, Colo., August 17, 2007 – Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. Project Engineer Paul Finley has been awarded NASA's Exceptional Public Service Medal for his work on the Spitzer Space Telescope.
NASA’s most prestigious honor awards are presented to a number of carefully selected individuals and groups, both government and non-government, who have made outstanding contributions to a NASA mission. The award signifies unusual initiative or creative ability that clearly demonstrates substantial improvement in engineering, aeronautics, space flight, administration, support, or space-related endeavors which contribute to NASA. Finley has been tracking telemetry and predicting mission lifetime since the launch of Spitzer in 2003.
“It’s quite an honor to be recognized for my mission operations work,” said Finley. “The award is a testament to how well the hardware continues to function and the exceptional science that is being returned by Spitzer.”
Spitzer employs cryogenic technology that Ball Aerospace pioneered with its Infrared Astronomical Satellite launched in 1983. The unique cryogenic system allowed Spitzer to be launched warm and cooled on orbit – an innovative technique that is expected to extend the mission duration by at least two years. Ball Aerospace also built two of the three science instruments aboard the satellite.
The Spitzer Space Telescope was NASA’s fourth and final mission in the Great Observatories series. Ball Aerospace has contributed to all four of NASA’s Great Observatories, including the Hubble Space Telescope in 1990, the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory in 1991, and the Chandra X-ray Observatory in 1999.
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. supports critical missions of important national agencies such as the Department of Defense, NASA, NOAA and other U.S. government and commercial entities. The company develops and manufactures spacecraft, advanced instruments and sensors, components, data exploitation systems and RF solutions for strategic, tactical and scientific applications. Over the past 50 years, Ball Aerospace has been responsible for numerous technological and scientific ‘firsts’ and acts as a technology innovator for the aerospace market.
Ball Corporation is a supplier of high-quality metal and plastic packaging products for beverage, food and household customers, and of aerospace and other technologies and services, primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ more than 15,500 people worldwide and reported 2006 sales of $6.6 billion.
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