Ball Aerospace-built WISE Spacecraft Roused from Sleep to Resume Asteroid
BOULDER, Colo., Aug. 21, 2013
BOULDER, Colo., Aug. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The Ball Aerospace &
Technologies Corp. Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) spacecraft will
emerge from its two-year hibernation next month to resume its near-Earth
object NEOWISE asteroid hunting mission.
Launched in December 2009, Ball Aerospace built the WISE BCP-300 spacecraft
bus under contract to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. During its original
10-month operation, the WISE cryogenic mission collected a vast storehouse of
information with far greater sensitivity than previous missions. The WISE
satellite amassed more than 2.7 million images taken at four infrared
wavelengths of light, capturing everything from nearby asteroids to distant
After completing WISE's primary science mission, WISE began a four-month
NEOWISE mission with the primary purpose of hunting for more asteroids and
comets. The mission's discoveries of previously unknown objects include 21
comets, more than 34,000 asteroids in the main belt between Mars and Jupiter,
and 135 near-Earth objects.
The renewed NEOWISE mission will again focus on detecting near-Earth objects
that may be of importance for identification and detection of asteroids for
future NASA missions.
"The multiple repurposing of WISE is proving to be much like Ball's Deep
Impact spacecraft," said Jim Oschmann, vice president and general manager for
Ball's Civil Space & Technology business unit. "You expect a satellite to
complete its initial mission, and then when it remains healthy it makes sense
to further utilize the spacecraft for additional research and discovery."
WISE observations have led to numerous discoveries, including the elusive,
coolest class of stars, the first known "Trojan" asteroid to share the same
orbital path around the sun as Earth, and locations of supermassive black
holes throughout the universe called blazars.
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) supplies innovative, sustainable packaging
solutions for beverage, food and household products customers, as well as
aerospace and other technologies and services primarily for the U.S.
government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ 15,000 people
worldwide and reported 2012 sales of more than $8.7 billion. For more
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