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Chapter 1:
WFPC2 Instrument Overview
The Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) is a two-dimensional imaging device covering a wavelength range from Lyman-α to about 1 μm. Built at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory by an Instrument Definition Team (IDT) headed by John Trauger, WFPC2 was the replacement for the first Wide Field and Planetary Camera (WF/PC-1); it included built-in corrections for the spherical aberration of the HST Optical Telescope Assembly (OTA). The WFPC2 was installed in HST during the First Servicing Mission in December 1993. After ~15.5 years of operation, WFPC2 was removed during Servicing Mission 4 in May 2009, to be replaced by the Wide Field Camera 3.
An early IDT report of the WFPC2 on-orbit performance can be found in Trauger et al. (1994, ApJ, 435, L3). A more detailed assessment of its capabilities is available in Holtzman et al. (1995, PASP, vol. 107, page 156 and page 1065). This Data Handbook, along with the WFPC2 Instrument Handbook (version 10), provides information regarding the instrument’s performance over its lifetime.

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