One of NASA's most prestigious honors, the award is presented to select individuals and groups, both government and non-government, who have made outstanding contributions to NASA. Weimer served as Ball's technical manager for CALIPSO, leading development of the satellite payload. He continues to support the mission as additional scientific rewards are realized from CALIPSO, including ocean winds and subsurface measurements for plankton, plant growth and turbidity. CALIPSO is a mission dedicated to studying the impact that clouds and aerosols have on the Earth's climate.
"This recognition is an honor for me, and a testament to the outstanding team efforts that continue to make the CALIPSO mission so successful," said Weimer. Weimer's award is the highest honor given by NASA to non-government employees, and is bestowed only when the contribution is so extraordinary that other forms of recognition would be inadequate. The NASA award is presented for unusual initiative or creative ability that clearly demonstrates substantial improvement in engineering, aeronautics, space flight, administration, support, or space-related endeavors.
This is the third NASA Distinguished Medal award for Ball employees in the past three years. Paul Lightsey was acknowledged in 2007 for his contributions to the James Webb Space Telescope, and Monte Henderson for the Deep Impact mission in 2006.
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. supports critical missions of important 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 than 50 years, Ball Aerospace has been responsible for numerous technological and scientific 'firsts' and acts as a technology innovator for the aerospace market.
Ball Corporation (NYSE: BLL) is a supplier of high-quality metal and plastic packaging products 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 15,500 people worldwide and reported 2007 sales of $7.4 billion.
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