Hubble Spacecraft Instruments

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Hubble Spacecraft Instruments

Cutaway Image of the Hubble Space Telescope showing the instruments and components locations within the spacecraft

The Hubble Space Telescope and Its Instruments

ACS - Advanced Camera for Surveys - The Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) is a third-generation imaging camera. This camera is optimized to perform surveys or broad imaging campaigns.

Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS)

NICMOS - Near Infrared Camera/Multi-Object Spectrometer - Second-generation imager/spectrograph. NICMOS is Hubble's only near-infrared (NIR) instrument. To be sensitive in the NIR, NICMOS must operate at a very low temperature, requiring sophisticated coolers. Problems with the solid nitrogen refrigerant have necessitated the installation of the NICMOS Cryocooler (NCC) on SM3B to continue its operation.

STIS - Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph- Second-generation imager/spectrograph. STIS is used to obtain high resolution spectra of resolved objects. STIS has the special ability to simultaneously obtain spectra from many different points along a target.

Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3)

Page Last Updated: November 25th, 2013
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