Comparison of Hubble's Instruments

  • Released Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:55PM
  • ID: 10120

This visualization compares the relative fields of view of three of the Hubble Space Telescope's instruments: ACS, WFC3, and NICMOS.

Launched in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has revolutioned astronomy by providing unprecedented views of the Universe. Hubble's spectral range extends from teh ultraviolet, through the visible, to the near-infrared. NASA will fly a servicing mission (SM4) in 2008 to bring two new science instruments to Hubble - the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph and the Wide Field Camera 3. New gyros and batteries will extend Hubble's life through 2013.

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HST (Collected with the ACS sensor)
HST (Collected with the NICMOS sensor)
HST (Collected with the WFC3 sensor)
HST (Collected with the WFPC2 sensor)

Wide-Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) was installed in Dec 1993 and used to obtain high resolution images of astronomical objects. This camera was removed in the last servicing mission so it is no longer in service.

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