Wide-field camera 3 for the Hubble Space Telescope

Edward S. Cheng, R. J. Hill, J. MacKenty, L. Cawley, P. Knezek, R. Kutina, C. Lisse, O. Lupie, M. Robberto, M. Stiavelli, R. O'Connell, B. Balick, H. Bond, D. Calzetti, M. Carollo

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In June 1997, NASA made the decision to extend the end of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) mission from 2005 until 2010. As a result, the age of the instruments on board the HST became a consideration. After careful study, NASA decided to ensure the imaging capabilities of the HST by replacing the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) with a low-cost facility instrument, the Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3). This paper provides an overview of the scientific goals and capabilities of the instrument.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)367-373
Number of pages7
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2000
EventUV, Optical, and IR Space Telescopes and Instruments - Munich, Ger
Duration: Mar 29 2000Mar 31 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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