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Letter from the Director
Dr. Ken Sembach celebrates Webb's launch and commissioning, Hubble's resilience and Roman's milestones, and recognizes how important it is to continue to support our staff and the astronomical community.

Unfolding the Universe
After decades of preparation, the James Webb Space Telescope had a successful launch and is now managed by the Mission Operations Center at STScI.

Front Row Seats
Engineers at the institute are at the helm of Webb’s Mission Operations Center, commanding and controlling the telescope.

Designing a Powerful Science Platform
Our Roman team helped the mission meet major milestones, designed a robust cloud-based science platform, and continued to engage the astronomical community.

The Legendary Observatory Is Going Strong
Hubble teams overcame challenges in 2021, while the telescope continues to produce exciting science.

All Together Now
Staff who support our archive rolled out data from, and software for, the astronomical community.

Full Steam Ahead
Our staff and contributors leveraged STScI’s Russell B. Makidon Optics Laboratory’s fully functional testbeds to execute several successful projects to help future space-based telescopes spot distant planets.

Hubble in the News
An exoplanet on its second atmosphere, the expected return of a supernova, and Jupiter’s great red spot top the headlines in 2021.

Published Research
Staff collaborations spanned the globe and the full breadth of astronomy.

Expanding Our Reach
Our public engagement staff worked continuously to share the wonders of the universe and the excitement of Webb’s launch with a diverse audience across the country.

Renewing Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Read an in-depth interview with Sharron Gatling, STScI’s first diversity officer, and learn about her upcoming initiatives to support our staff.

By the Numbers
The Hubble and James Webb space telescopes are in high demand by the worldwide scientific community.

Meet a Few of Our Staff
Julianne Averill brought analytics to HR, Brian Dollard automates and digitizes workflows, Scarlin Hernandez goes on record about Webb’s launch and commissioning, and Anand Sivaramakrishnan links chaos theory to his work to perfect telescopes’ optics.
 

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Letter from the Director

2021 ANNUAL REPORT ARTICLE

Dr. Ken Sembach celebrates Webb’s launch and commissioning, Hubble’s resilience and Roman’s milestones, and recognizes how important it is to continue to support our staff and the astronomical community.

Kenneth Sembach

Unfolding the Universe

2021 ANNUAL REPORT ARTICLE

After decades of preparation, the James Webb Space Telescope had a successful launch and is now managed by the Mission Operations Center at STScI.

Webb telescope in space with portion of planet Earth visible.

Front Row Seats

2021 ANNUAL REPORT ARTICLE

Engineers at the institute are at the helm of Webb’s Mission Operations Center, commanding and controlling the telescope.

People sit at computers with multiple monitors.

Designing a Powerful Science Platform

2021 ANNUAL REPORT ARTICLE

Our Roman team helped the mission meet major milestones, designed a robust cloud-based science platform, and continued to engage the astronomical community.

Roman’s field of view is far larger than Webb’s and Hubble’s

All Together Now

2021 ANNUAL REPORT ARTICLE

Staff who support our archive rolled out data from, and software for, the astronomical community.

Lopsided spiral galaxy NGC 2276

Full Steam Ahead

2021 ANNUAL REPORT ARTICLE

Our staff and contributors leveraged STScI's Russell B. Makidon Optics Laboratory’s fully functional testbeds to execute several successful projects to help future space-based telescopes spot distant planets.

Illustration of a rocky exoplanet in space

Hubble in the News

2021 ANNUAL REPORT ARTICLE

An exoplanet on its second atmosphere, the expected return of a supernova, and Jupiter’s great red spot top the headlines in 2021.

Bright star surrounded by shell of gas and dust

Published Research

2021 ANNUAL REPORT ARTICLE

Staff collaborations spanned the globe and the full breadth of astronomy.

Image of globular star cluster NGC 6397 taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, showing scattering of yellow and orange stars, a few with a blue glow.

Expanding Our Reach

2021 ANNUAL REPORT ARTICLE

Our public engagement staff worked continuously to share the wonders of the universe and the excitement of Webb’s launch with a diverse audience across the country.

Long airport hallway shows Hubble images on the walls.

By the Numbers

2021 ANNUAL REPORT ARTICLE

The Hubble and James Webb space telescopes are in high demand by the worldwide scientific community.

By the Numbers

Letter from the Director

2020 ANNUAL REPORT ARTICLE

Dr. Ken Sembach reflects on how STScI’s resilient staff navigated a new work landscape due to the onset of the pandemic, and continued to support both our missions and the astronomical community.

Dr. Ken Sembach

A Picture of Perseverance

2020 ANNUAL REPORT ARTICLE

For the people behind the Hubble mission, its 30th year may have been its most extraordinary yet.

Red and teal gas and dust with bright blue stars