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Closure of the ST-ECF

Following decisions made by both ESA and ESO during the last few years, the ST-ECF has closed and ceased operations on 31 December 2010. Established as a joint venture between these two organisations in 1984, the ST-ECF has worked in close collaboration with the STScI in Baltimore to support European users of Hubble and to provide significant contributions to the operation of the observatory and its instruments.

The European HST Archive has been moved to ESA's European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC), Spain, where most of ESA's Space Science Archives are located and operated from. The new URL to the European HST archive is:

Information resulting from the group's instrument science activities has been transferred to STScI and is available from their website. Re-links from the previous locations on the ST-ECF web site to the corresponding location on the STScI site have been established and should work for the remainder of the lifetime of the ST-ECF web site.

HST3 with HLA spectra

Hubble with ACS/G800L spectra released by the ST-ECF as part of the Hubble Legacy Archive project.

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The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is a joint project between the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the European Space Agency (ESA). The Space Telescope European Coordinating Facility (ST-ECF), jointly operated by ESA and the European Southern Observatory (ESO) was, until the end of 2010, the European HST science facility, supporting the European astronomy community in exploiting the research opportunities provided by the Hubble Space Telescope.