Introduction

Our goal is to excel in the science operations of NASA's current and future astrophysics flagship missions, and in doing so, to envision, define, and operate new missions that offer cutting-edge research opportunities for the entire astronomical community. 

The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) has run the science operations for the Hubble Space Telescope since 1990. We will manage the mission operations center and lead the science operations for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) after it launches in 2021. STScI will also perform parts of the science operations for the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), which is in formulation for launch in the mid-2020s.

We provide extensive support for community missions and future concepts, and a robust data archive, the Barbara A. Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes (MAST). In addition to our primary missions, STScI provides a range of resources for researchers, along with scientific career opportunities, grants, library support, and software, and current and past events and conferences.

Artistic Rendering of Hubble

HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE (HST) Launched April 24, 1990

Artistic rendering of the James Webb Space Telescope

JAMES WEBB SPACE TELESCOPE (JWST) Launching in 2021

Artistic rendering of the Wide Field Infrared Space Telescope

WIDE FIELD INFRARED SURVEY TELESCOPE (WFIRST) Launching in the mid-2020s

Artistic rendering of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS)

COMMUNITY MISSIONS AND FUTURE CONCEPTS Science Operations Support and Mission Design

View of galaxy cluster MACS J2129-0741, located in the constellation Aquarius. The massive galaxy cluster magnifies, brightens, and distorts the images of remote background galaxies, including the far-distant, dead disk galaxy MACS2129-1.

THE BARBARA A. MIKULSKI ARCHIVE FOR SPACE TELESCOPES (MAST) Established in 1998

Research Resources

This false-color composite image shows the Cartwheel galaxy as seen by NASA Galaxy Evolution Explorer, where the first ripple appears as an ultraviolet-bright blue outer ring.
RESEARCH at STScI

Members of the STScI scientific staff conduct their own research, participate in research collaborations, and take part in initiatives related to missions, telescopes, and instrument development.

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Additional Resources

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