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Ball Aerospace Sponsors PBS Documentary: "400 Years of the Telescope"
March 31, 2009
BOULDER, Colo., March 31, 2009 – Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has signed on as an underwriter of “400 Years of the Telescope: A Journey of Science, Technology and Thought,” a documentary celebrating four centuries of human achievement and discovery. Ball Aerospace is a leader in space telescope development and is playing a major role in many prominent future astrophysics missions.
The documentary, set to premier on PBS stations April 10, “Chronicles the history of the telescope from the time of Galileo, its profound impact upon the science of astronomy, and how both have shaped the way we view ourselves in the midst of an infinite universe.” Filmed in 4K digital cinematography, the documentary is narrated by Neil DeGrasse Tyson with original score by the London Symphony Orchestra. This year marks the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s history-changing accomplishments.
Ball Aerospace will sponsor two showings of the International Year of Astronomy documentary in conjunction with the 25th annual National Space Symposium, on Wed., April 1, 2009. The showings will be held at the Broadmoor movie theater, 1 Lake Ave., Colorado Springs, CO, at 6:30 and 8:00 p.m., Broadmoor Main Tower.
Ball Aerospace will also participate in the International Year of Astronomy on the 365 Days of Astronomy website, http://365daysofastronomy.org/, with three podcast episodes:
July 23 – Kepler Mission
Sept. 5 – Hubble Space Telescope
Dec. 4. – James Webb Space Telescope
Ball Aerospace built the photometer and spacecraft for NASA’s Kepler planet-finding mission, launched on March 6, 2009, that features the largest telescope ever flown by NASA. Ball has deep connections to the Hubble Space Telescope as well. Following the anticipated 2009 Hubble servicing mission, all of the instruments on board the telescope will be Ball Aerospace-built. Ball is the principal subcontractor for the James Webb Space Telescope, providing the advanced optical technology and lightweight mirror system.
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. Since 1956, Ball Aerospace has been responsible for numerous technological and scientific ‘firsts’ and is a technology innovator in aerospace.
Ball Corporation (NYSE: BLL) is a supplier of high-quality metal and plastic packaging products for beverage, food and household products customers, and of aerospace and other technologies and services, primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ more than 14,500 people worldwide and reported 2008 sales of more than $7.5 billion.
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