Happy Birthday WFPC2!
December 2003 marks the 10 year
anniversary of the
Wide Field Planetary Camera 2.
A myriad of Heritage
WFPC2 images with the classic "chevron"
When Hubble was first launched in April 1990, astronomers
and engineers soon learned that a tiny error in
the curvature of the primary mirror led to out of
focus images. In December 1993, a repair mission
to Hubble allowed astronauts to replace Hubble's
first Wide Field/Planetary Camera (WF/PC) with a
new instrument, Wide Field Planetary Camera 2
(WFPC2), that would correct the light path and
create in-focus images. WFPC2's famous shape has
given a unique, signature style to resultant astronomical
images from this detector.
The Hubble Heritage team extends noble
thanks to all those that have worked to make Hubble
a successful telescope, especially the WFPC2 Instrument
Definition Team. As well, we wish to thank the many
astronomers who have used WFPC2 over the past 10
years and whose astronomical data populates the
Hubble archive, and thus, the Heritage collection.
Learn more about the classic chevron
shape of WFPC2.