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We Are Multi-Mission

We help humanity explore the universe with advanced space telescopes and ever-growing data archives.

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We Further Scientific Research

We envision, define, and operate missions that offer cutting-edge research opportunities for the astronomical community.

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We Inspire Through Outreach

We share scientific knowledge of the universe in ways that inspire, excite, challenge, and educate.

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  • The Milky Way Laboratory

    The Milky Way Laboratory
    28 Feb 2024

    Galaxy centers are the hubs of activity that drive galaxy evolution, from supermassive black holes to feedback from dense stellar clusters. While the bulk of our Milky Way Galaxy is...

  • The Total Solar Eclipse of April 2024

    The Total Solar Eclipse of April 2024
    5 Mar 2024

    Speakers: Michael Kirk (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center) and John Maple (Space Telescope Science Institute)

  • The Prevalence and Origin of the Alpha-Bimodality in the Local Group

    The Prevalence and Origin of the Alpha-Bimodality in the Local Group
    6 Mar 2024

    The recent era of large, ground-based abundance surveys has unraveled the chemical structures of our Milky Way galaxy. The most striking abundance feature is the alpha-abundance bimodality....

  • ULLYSES: Continuing the Voyage of Discovery

    ULLYSES: Continuing the Voyage of Discovery
    11-14 Mar 2024

    The observational phase of the HST Ultraviolet Legacy Library of Young Stars as Essential Standards (ULLYSES) program initiated by the STScl Director in 2019 was completed in 2023....

  • YAE In-Person Family STEM Forum

    YAE In-Person Family STEM Forum
    14 Mar 2024

    Please join us in-person to learn more about astronomy during our Youth for Astronomy and Engineering Program event "Family STEM Forum" followed by an opportunity to engage...

  • Astronomy Advocacy: Guiding the Future of the Field

    Astronomy Advocacy: Guiding the Future of the Field
    27 Mar 2024

    Abstract coming soon. Speaker: Yaswant Devarakonda (American Astronomical Society)

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STScI's Astronomical Imagery Slideshow

NGC 3627
Bug Nebula
Spiral Galaxy NGC 1300
Small Magellanic Cloud
Stephan's Quintet
Faint glow within galaxy clusters
Supernova Remnant 0509-67.5
Horsehead Nebula (Infrared)
Heart of the Tarantula Nebula
Westerlund 2