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On-orbit performance of HST Wide Field Camera 3
Author(s): John W. MacKenty; Randy A. Kimble; Robert W. O'Connell; Jacqueline A. Townsend
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Paper Abstract

The Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) was installed into the Hubble Space Telescope during Servicing Mission 4 in May 2009. This panchromatic camera considerably improves the ultraviolet, visible, and infrared imaging capabilities of HST. Commissioned over the summer of 2009, WFC3 is now fully functional and responsible for approximately half of the Cycle 17 HST Science Program. This paper will review the scientific performance of WFC3 including its sensitivity in absolute terms and relative to other HST instruments. The paper will also discuss the calibration programs for WFC3 and the achieved photometric and astrometric calibration accuracies. Lessons learned from the ground calibration and in-flight commissioning will also be considered.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 August 2010
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7731, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 77310Z (5 August 2010);
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John W. MacKenty, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Randy A. Kimble, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Robert W. O'Connell, Univ. of Virginia (United States)
Jacqueline A. Townsend, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7731:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
Jacobus M. Oschmann Jr.; Mark C. Clampin; Howard A. MacEwen, Editor(s)

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