Careers in Aerospace
Hear from Ball Aerospace's Sarah Lipscy on her journey to a career in aerospace.
Sister satellites CloudSat and CALIPSO are giving us our first 3D views of clouds and airborne particles called aerosols. These views help scientists understand how clouds and aerosols affect our weather, climate and air quality. Visit NASA’s CALIPSO learning page and Colorado State University’s CloudSat education page for more learning resources.
The EPOXI and Deep Impact missions provided close-up comet images and data for both scientists and the general public. Visit the EPOXI education page and the Deep Impact education page for more learning resources.
Global Precipitation Measurement-Microwave Imager
Our Microwave Imager (GMI) for NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement mission measures small particles of ice, snow and rain from space! Visit NASA’s precipitation education page for more learning resources.
Green Propellant Infusion Mission
Our Green Propellant Infusion Mission spacecraft is testing a safer, more efficient fuel for NASA. Visit NASA’s BEST Activity Guide for more learning resources.
High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment
The Ball-built High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) produces the highest resolution images of Mars ever seen. Visit the HiRISE outreach page for more learning resources.
Hubble Space Telescope
Ball has designed and built seven science instruments for Hubble, enabling its groundbreaking space images and discoveries. Visit NASA’s Hubble learning page for more learning resources.
The Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) mission will observe exotic astronomical objects in our universe, such as stellar and supermassive black holes, neutron stars and pulsars.
See IXPE in a Ball cleanroom and hear from Ball and NASA scientists about the mission. The Denver Museum of Nature & Science hosted this interactive event with classrooms around the country.
James Webb Space Telescope
The Ball-built optical system for Webb will explore planets around distant stars and detect light from the first stars and galaxies. Visit NASA’s JWST education page for more learning resources.
JPSS-1 / NOAA-20
Ball built the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) spacecraft, now known as NOAA-20. It’s collecting critical data for weather forecasting and climate monitoring. Visit the JPSS education page for more learning resources.
Let’s build a weather spacecraft!
View this short movie that shows the parts on JPSS-1.
The Kepler mission has revolutionized exoplanet science, discovering an incredible diversity of planets orbiting other stars in the Milky Way. Visit NASA’s Kepler and K2 education page for more learning resources.
The NASA/USGS Landsat spacecraft have been imaging Earth's surface for nearly fifty years. Farmers, city planners, water managers and others use these pictures to make smart decisions. Visit NASA’s Landsat education page and the USGS Landsat learning page for more learning resources.
Image Credit: NASA/USGS
The Ball-built WISE spacecraft mapped the entire sky in infrared light. NASA’s now using the spacecraft for the NEOWISE mission, hunting for asteroids and comets near our planet—in other words, near earth objects (NEOs). Visit the WISE education page for more learning resources.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
The Ralph camera aboard the New Horizons spacecraft is famous for its Pluto images and data, but it’s also given us our first look at Kuiper Belt objects—the oldest, most distant objects in our solar system! Visit the New Horizons education page for more learning resources.
The Ball-built Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite (OMPS) monitors Earth’s ozone layer, continuing the nation’s long-term ozone data record and protecting our health. Visit the NOAA JPSS education page for more learning resources.
Roman Space Telescope
Astronomers will use the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope for planet-hunting and studying dark energy and dark matter, among other things.
Visit NASA’s Roman outreach page for more learning resources.
Suomi NPP continues to gather valuable data on Earth’s land, ocean and atmosphere conditions. It also provides imagery needed by weather forecasters, firefighters and emergency responders, helping them save lives. Visit the JPSS education page for more learning resources.
Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution
NASA’s Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) mission will advance air quality research by helping experts assess and forecast air pollution over North America. Visit the TEMPO outreach page for more learning resources.
The WorldView satellites capture high-resolution images used for tasks such as land use planning, exploring Earth’s natural resources and gathering military intelligence. The use most familiar to us? Viewing cities and landscapes from aerial 3D images.