The Camera that Saved the Hubble Space Telescope -- The Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2
Jan. 21 & 22
The Hubble Space Telescope has introduced the science community and the public alike to the power of a large space observatory. The Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2), built at JPL and installed by Space Shuttle astronauts during Hubble's first servicing mission in 1993, corrected the telescope's flawed vision and, over the following 15 years in orbit, took its place as the longest serving and most prolific instrument aboard the Hubble. Its iconic images have appeared in publications, textbooks, and classrooms throughout the world. Returned to earth during the last servicing mission in May 2009, the WFPC2 now resides at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C.
We highlight the science discoveries of WFPC2 ranging from the early universe to the nearby stars and our solar system. We review the accomplishments of the Hubble telescope and prospects for the coming decade of space astronomy, both with the newly refurbished Hubble instruments and the next generation of space telescopes.
JPL designed and manufactured the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2. The Hubble Space Telescope is a project of international cooperation between NASA and the European Space Agency.
Dr. John Trauger: Principal Investigator and Project Scientist for the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2)