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Camera, HST, Wide Field-Planetary, F/12.9 Sensor Head/Relay Optics, #1

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This object is on display in the Explore the Universe exhibition at the National Mall building.


Manufacturer: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Country of Origin: United States of America

Dimensions: 3-D: 20.3 x 12.7 x 20.3cm (8 x 5 x 8 in.)

Materials: Mixed metals, glass, electronics

This is one of four original CCD Sensor Head and Relay Optics assemblies from the f/12.9 wide-field mode of the first Wide-Field Planetary Camera (WFPC-1) flown on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) on its 24 April 1990 launch. It consists of a small Cassegrain telescope feeding a single 800x800 pixel CCD, and associated electronics. The WFPC-1 was removed from the HST during the servicing mission launched on 2 December 1993 that installed the correcting optics that compensate for the flawed primary mirror. One complete electro-optical channel from the wide field mode assembly, of which this element was a part, was transferred to NASM by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in September 1999. It is now on display in the Explore the Universe gallery.

Transferred from NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center.

Inventory number: A19990213000

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