Page Introduction

We continue to expand the frontiers of space astronomy.

We have three strategic goals in accordance with this vision. First, 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. Second, to develop advanced astronomical data, archives, and tools for scientific discovery that are crucial in the era of increasingly large and complex astronomical datasets. And third, to make the world's astronomical information accessible to all, thereby inspiring and engaging others to participate in understanding, enjoying, and sharing the wonders of the universe.

What We Do

Operate Space Telescopes

Illustration of Hubble Space Telescope

HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE (HST) LAUNCHED APRIL 24, 1990

Illustration of the James Webb Telescope

JAMES WEBB SPACE TELESCOPE (JWST) LAUNCHING IN 2021

Illustration of the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST)

WIDE FIELD INFRARED SURVEY TELESCOPE (WFIRST) LAUNCHING IN 2025

Enable Scientific Discovery

MAST logo with composite image shows a ghostly "ring" of dark matter in the galaxy cluster Cl 0024+17 in the background

BARBARA A. MIKULSKI ARCHIVE FOR SPACE TELESCOPES

Fomalhaut System

RESEARCH AT STScI

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SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT

Make Astronomy Accessible


We focus on meeting the needs of the general public and science communicators by connecting to three user communities: news media, online audiences, and venues offering in-person interactions.

Explore

Children at the STScI/JHU Physics Fair