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Lorna Hess-Frey
Flyby Structures & Mechanisms Lead, Deep Impact

Lorna Hess-Frey

What is the coolest thing about Deep Impact?
The coolest thing about Deep Impact is that it is a science project that everyone understands. Young kids can get really excited about it because they have at least a basic understanding of what we are trying to do.

Why do you like working at Ball Aerospace?
The people I work with and the variety of projects.

How did you end up in the aerospace industry?
Many long conversations with a friend (now retired from Ball Aerospace). He got me excited about and encouraged me to try for a position.

What do you do in your spare time?
Attend my children's activities and volunteer in the school. On the weekends we down-hill ski, snowshoe, backpack, hike - basically anything in the mountains.

What is one yet-to-be achieved life goal?
I want to attend the launch of one of the projects I helped design.

What do you hope to learn from the Deep Impact mission?
I have already learned more than I could have ever imagined! I want to learn as much about interplanetary missions as possible.

Who inspired you?
My fifth grade teacher.

Were you a science-oriented kid?
I have always loved math and science.

What was your favorite book as a kid?
Anything about horses.

What did you want to be when you were a kid?
I always wanted to be a large animal veterinarian.

Biographical details contained on these pages were correct during the Deep Impact mission which ended in 2006. Several scientists from Deep Impact are now working on related missions such as EPOXI and Stardust-NExT.

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