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Informal Science Education Resources
from the home of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope

About Us

Since its launch in 1990 NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has catalyzed new insights and breakthroughs in cosmology, planet formation, stellar evolution, black hole distribution, solar system bodies, and numerous other astronomical frontiers. Hubble is NASA’s most scientifically productive space mission ever, accounting for 35% of all NASA space science discoveries in the past 20 years. Science journalists report that Hubble results are among their top five sources for science stories. Hubble is a prime content provider for textbooks, popular books, and numerous educational documentaries. Over 1 million visitors per month come to the Hubble website. Hubble’s public name recognition is unprecedented for any astronomical telescope.


We’re the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), established by NASA to operate the Hubble Space Telescope (and Hubble’s successor, the James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled for launch in 2018). We’re part of AURA, the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, a research consortium that also operates Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile, and the Gemini Observatories in Hawaii and Chile. We’re located on the grounds of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Space Telescope Science InstituteSTScI employs over 500 astronomers, engineers, and technicians to conduct Hubble’s science research and day-to-day flight operations of the Hubble Space Telescope. Our Office of Public Outreach produces news releases, educational activities for school use, a public web site, and products for the “informal science education” community.

Space Telescope Science Institute
3700 San Martin Drive
Baltimore, MD, 21218



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