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Ball Aerospace Celebrates Hubble Space Telescope 2012 Science Achievements



  Ball Aerospace Celebrates Hubble Space Telescope 2012 Science Achievements

PR Newswire

BOULDER, Colo., Jan. 8, 2013

BOULDER, Colo., Jan. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ball Aerospace & Technologies
Corp. Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) aboard the Hubble Space Telescope (HST)
delivered unprecedented science in 2012 including the discovery of the oldest
galaxy to date.

Installed by shuttle astronauts during the 2008 Servicing Mission (SM4), the
WFC3 is Hubble's most technologically advanced visible spectrum instrument.
 In addition to WFC3, the SM4 included installation of the Ball-built Cosmic
Origins Spectrograph (COS), an instrument 30 times more sensitive in the
far-ultraviolet than earlier Hubble ultraviolet spectrographs.

According to scientists, the most recent discovery made by Hubble showed that
the galaxy, known as UDFj-39546284, likely existed when the universe was just
380 million years old. The other six distant galaxies all formed within 600
million years of the Big Bang, which created our universe about 13.7 billion
years ago. UDFj-39546284 was detected previously, and researchers had thought
it formed just 500 million years or so after the Big Bang. The WFC3 infrared
observations push its probable formation time back even further.  Also in
2012:

  o Hubble captured the farthest-ever view into the universe, a photo that
    reveals thousands of galaxies billions of light-years away. Called eXtreme
    Deep Field, or XDF, the image combines 10 years of Hubble telescope views
    of one patch of sky. Only the accumulated light gathered over so many
    observation sessions can reveal such distant objects. The photo is a
    sequel to the original "Hubble Ultra Deep Field," an image Hubble captured
    in 2003 and 2004 that collected light over many hours to reveal thousands
    of distant galaxies in what was the deepest view of the universe to that
    date. The XDF goes even farther, peering back 13.2 billion years into the
    universe.
  o Hubble detected a tiny new moon discovered orbiting Pluto, bringing the
    number of known Pluto satellites to five. Researchers expressed surprise
    that despite its small size, Pluto nonetheless has a very complex
    collection of satellites. The new discovery provides additional clues for
    unraveling how the Pluto system formed and evolved.

Ball Aerospace built seven Hubble science instruments including the Corrective
Optics Space Telescope Axial Replacement (COSTAR) instrument that corrected
the spherical aberration of Hubble's primary mirror.

Beyond the COSTAR, WFC3 and COS, Ball-built Hubble instruments include: the
Goddard High Resolution Spectrograph; the Near-infrared Camera and
Multi-object Spectrometer; the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph; and the
Advanced Camera for Surveys.

The James Webb Space Telescope will be the next-generation NASA space
observatory. Providing the eyes of the telescope, Ball Aerospace is the
principal subcontractor for the Webb to Northrop Grumman, contributing the
advanced optical technology and lightweight mirror system.

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. supports critical missions for 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.
For more information, visit www.ballaerospace.com.

Ball Corporation (NYSE: BLL) is a supplier of high quality packaging 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
2011 sales of more than $8.6 billion. For the latest Ball news and for other
company information, please visit http://www.ball.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains "forward-looking" statements concerning future events
and financial performance. Words such as "expects," "anticipates, "
"estimates" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking
statements. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties which could
cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied. The
company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any
forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future
events or otherwise. Key risks and uncertainties are summarized in filings
with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Exhibit 99.2 in our
Form 10-K, which are available on our website and at www.sec.gov. Factors that
might affect our packaging segments include fluctuation in product demand and
preferences; availability and cost of raw materials; competitive packaging
availability, pricing and substitution; changes in climate and weather; crop
yields; competitive activity; failure to achieve anticipated productivity
improvements or production cost reductions; mandatory deposit or other
restrictive packaging laws; changes in major customer or supplier contracts or
loss of a major customer or supplier; political instability and sanctions; and
changes in foreign exchange rates or tax rates. Factors that might affect our
aerospace segment include: funding, authorization, availability and returns of
government and commercial contracts; and delays, extensions and technical
uncertainties affecting segment contracts. Factors that might affect the
company as a whole include those listed plus: accounting changes; changes in
senior management; the recent global recession and its effects on liquidity,
credit risk, asset values and the economy; successful or unsuccessful
acquisitions; regulatory action or laws including tax, environmental, health
and workplace safety, including U.S. FDA and other actions affecting products
filled in our containers, or chemicals or substances used in raw materials or
in the manufacturing process; governmental investigations; technological
developments and innovations; goodwill impairment; antitrust, patent and other
litigation; strikes; labor cost changes; rates of return projected and earned
on assets of the company's defined benefit retirement plans; pension changes;
uncertainties surrounding the U.S. government budget and debt limit; reduced
cash flow; interest rates affecting our debt; and changes to unaudited results
due to statutory audits or other effects.

SOURCE Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.

Website: http://www.ballaerospace.com
Website: http://www.ball.com
Contact: Roz Brown, +1-303-533-6059, rbrown@ball.com
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