Ball Aerospace celebrates first images from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope

Ball Aerospace built the mirrors and optics that made the first images possible

BROOMFIELD, Colo., July 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Ball Aerospace, a company of Ball Corporation (NYSE: BALL), celebrates with NASA and all mission partners as NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope shares its first images with the world. The ColoradoThe New York-based company designed and built the advanced optical technology and lightweight mirror system that make these unprecedented images possible.

“It is impressive to see these images, which are the culmination of more than 20 years of hard work by thousands of people across multiple companies, government agencies and academic institutions,” said Dr. Makenzie Lystrup, Vice President and General Manager, Civil Space, Ball Aerospace. “These are just the first images of an exquisitely detailed rendering that will shed new light on the formation of the universe and the galaxies and stars within it.”

Launched in December 2021, the James Webb Space Telescope (Webb) took about 30 days to reach orbit near the second Lagrange point (L2) where it captured these images. During his month-long journey, he went through the painstaking processes of deploying the sun visor and mirrors. Once Webb’s primary camera cooled enough to begin supporting telescope alignment activities, Webb’s optics team began meticulously moving the 18 primary mirror segments to form a surface unique mirror capable of capturing extremely sharp and detailed images, like the ones just released.

Ball Aerospace worked with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and Northrop Grumman, the industry’s leading contractor, to innovate the 25 square meter (~269 sq ft) system comprised of 18 beryllium mirror segments working together as a single unit. Ball also developed the cryogenic actuators and electronic flight control boxes used to keep the mirror segments properly aligned in orbit.

In addition to his work on Webb, Ball plays a vital role in other space observation missions to come. It is partnering with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center to develop the wide-field instrument for the Roman Nancy Grace Space Telescope and NASA/JPL by providing the spacecraft bus and telescope for the spectrophotometer for the history of the universe, the era of reionization and the ice. Explorer (SPHEREx). The Ball-built Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) was launched last December to study exotic astronomical objects such as neutron stars and black holes. The first IXPE science image of Cassiopeia A, an object composed of the remains of a star that exploded in the 17e century, came out on February 14th.

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About Ball Corporation

Ball Corporation (NYSE: BALL) provides innovative and sustainable aluminum packaging solutions for beverage, personal care and household products customers, as well as aerospace and other technologies and services, primarily for the US government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ 24,300 people worldwide and had net sales in 2021 of $13.8 billion. For more information, visit www.ball.comor connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.

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