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CloudSat/CALIPSO

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.
CALIPSO/CloudSat

EPOXI/Deep Impact

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.

Deep Impact

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.
GMI

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.
Green Propellant Infusion Mission

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.

HiRISE

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.
Ball Aerospace Hubble hat activity

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.
JWST

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.

JPSS-1 paper model

K2/Kepler

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.

Kepler

Landsat/OLI

Landsat 9 will take pictures of Earth’s land and how it changes. Farmers, city planners, water managers and others will use these pictures to make smart decisions. Visit NASA’s Landsat education page and the USGS Landsat learning page for more learning resources.

Landsat 8
Landsat 8 image. NASA/USGS

NEOWISE/WISE

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.

WISE
NEOWISE image. NASA/JPL-Caltech

New Horizons/Ralph

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.
New Horizons

Suomi NPP

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.

Suomi NPP

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.
TEMPO

WorldView-3

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.
WorldView-3