The COVID-19 coronavirus is causing major disruption and distress for the worldwide community, including impacts to scientists and staff at many universities and research institutions. Our commitment to excelling in the science operations of astrophysics flagship missions, advancing state-of-the-art archives and tools for astronomical discovery, and making astronomical information available remains as strong as ever. We are here to serve and support astronomical research and researchers, and we are doing this while taking due account of the health and safety of our staff. Thus, we are not accepting visitors at this time.
We continue to sustain mission-critical activities:
- Planning and scheduling observations for the Hubble Space Telescope
- Providing open access to the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes
- Conducting essential JWST commissioning and Cycle 1 preparations
The science community continues to have full access to the HST and JWST helpdesks and STScI online resources, and individual STScI staff members remain available. STScI-sponsored science meetings and colloquium series continue remotely.
The coming weeks and months will see increasing challenges. Our hearts go out to those affected by the virus, directly or through impacts on family and friends. Throughout this period, we will continue to maintain STScI’s services to the best of our abilities as we navigate these unprecedented circumstances.
Ken Sembach, Director