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FEATURED ARTICLES

Letter from the Director
Dr. Ken Sembach reflects on the myriad ways STScI staff have successfully adapted to the changing field of astronomy, developing innovative tools and techniques to support our missions and our community.

Expanding Our View with WFIRST
As the newly appointed Science Operations Center, the institute will help ensure the scientific success of NASA’s upcoming Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope.

Designing the Future of Astronomy
Staff at the institute are active in all aspects of the Astro2020 Decadal Review, which advises our national science agencies on the priorities for new astronomy initiatives and observatories.

Preparation and Anticipation
We are preparing for the science and mission operations of the James Webb Space Telescope.

Stronger Than Ever
Learn how staff at the institute launched groundbreaking science programs with the Hubble Space Telescope.

Manipulating Starlight
STScI’s Russell B. Makidon Optics Laboratory continues to advance state-of-the-art tools for future flagship missions.

Making Big Data Collaborative and Accessible
The Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes continues to develop as a place of active research and collaboration.

Rehearsing for Launch
Explore the Webb Mission Operations Center to learn how our engineers are preparing for the communications and collaborations for successful launch and commissioning.

Hubble in the News
An interstellar comet, a black hole, and a “heavy metal” exoplanet made headlines in 2019.

Discovery, Shared
Public engagement that makes astronomy exciting, engaging, and relevant to a diverse audience.

Empowering Ourselves
Each of us has a responsibility to help create safer environments for the people around us.

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Kenneth Sembach
2019 ANNUAL REPORT ARTICLE

Letter from the Director

Dr. Ken Sembach reflects on the myriad ways STScI staff have successfully adapted to the changing field of astronomy, developing innovative tools and techniques to support our missions and our community.

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simulated WFIRST view of M31
2019 ANNUAL REPORT ARTICLE

Expanding Our View with WFIRST

As the newly appointed Science Operations Center, the institute will help ensure the scientific success of NASA’s upcoming Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope scheduled for launch in the mid-2020s.

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Hubble Ultra Deep Field
2019 ANNUAL REPORT ARTICLE

Designing the Future of Astronomy

Staff at the institute are active in all aspects of the Astro2020 Decadal Review, which advises our national science agencies on the priorities for new astronomy initiatives and observatories.

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Split infrared and visible image of the Andromeda galaxy
2019 ANNUAL REPORT ARTICLE

Preparation and Anticipation

We are preparing for the science and mission operations of the James Webb Space Telescope.

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Triangulum galaxy
2019 ANNUAL REPORT ARTICLE

Stronger Than Ever

Learn how staff at the institute launched groundbreaking science programs with the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Illustration of an explant near its star
2019 ANNUAL REPORT ARTICLE

Manipulating Starlight

STScI’s Russell B. Makidon Optics Laboratory continues to advance state-of-the-art tools for future flagship missions.

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Star at the center of a cloud of reflective gas and dust
2019 ANNUAL REPORT ARTICLE

Making Big Data Collaborative and Accessible

The Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes continues to develop as a place of active research and collaboration.

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illustrated figures stand and sit at desks with computer monitors
2019 ANNUAL REPORT ARTICLE

Rehearsing for Launch

Explore the Webb Mission Operations Center to learn how our engineers are preparing for the communications and collaborations for successful launch and commissioning.

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Close-up of an Earth-like exoplanet with clouds
2019 ANNUAL REPORT ARTICLE

Hubble in the News

An interstellar comet, a black hole, and a “heavy metal” exoplanet made headlines in 2019.

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A scientist explains a concept to a family at an event
2019 ANNUAL REPORT ARTICLE

Discovery, Shared

Public engagement that makes astronomy exciting, engaging, and relevant to a diverse audience.

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Illustration of groups of people at a park talking and enjoying the sun
2019 ANNUAL REPORT ARTICLE

Empowering Ourselves

Each of us has a responsibility to help create safer environments for the people around us.

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Dr. Kenneth Sembach against a backdrop of Spiral Galaxy NGC 6503
2018 ANNUAL REPORT ARTICLE

Letter from the Director

Dr. Kenneth Sembach reflects on this year’s accomplishments, including Hubble's ultraviolet spectroscopic study, our ongoing efforts to prepare for Webb, and a WFIRST mission milestone.

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π Mensae c (HD 39091 c) illustration
2018 ANNUAL REPORT ARTICLE

Empowering Astronomical Researchers

Our archive team prepares data releases and creates software to further astronomical research worldwide.

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Two STScI staff members sitting in the JWST mission operations center
2018 ANNUAL REPORT ARTICLE

Worth the Wait

In response to user feedback, the institute is rolling out enhancements and training to support researchers who will use NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope.

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Future space-based segmented-mirror telescope set against a red background
2018 ANNUAL REPORT ARTICLE

Designing the Next Generations of Telescopes

Staff at the institute’s optics lab are designing technologies that will support future large space-based observatories operating a million miles from Earth.

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