About Us

Space Telescope Science Institute

At the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), we're working hard to study and explain the once-unimaginable celestial phenomena now made visible using Hubble's cutting-edge technology. In the course of this exploration we will continue to share with you the grace and beauty of the universe, because the discoveries belong to all of us.

Office of Public Outreach

At the heart of STScI's mission are outreach and education. Our Office of Public Outreach (OPO), which created this Web site, finds innovative ways to share Hubble's remarkable discoveries with the public. OPO exists as a unique blend of communications professionals and scientists working together to prepare and disseminate the photographs and animations seen in the news... as well as posters, slide shows, exhibits, and educational products in print and electronic formats.

Probe deeper! Explore the following links to learn more about who we are and what we do.

If you are visiting the Baltimore/Washington area, make it a point to come to our monthly Hubble Public Talks and learn about Hubble's latest discoveries first-hand.

HubbleSite is produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute's Office of Public Outreach.

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Hubble Space Telescope Exhibits

STScI has no tours, but you can visit Hubble installations nearby. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., offers the "New Views of the Universe" exhibit in its Visitor Center, featuring some of Hubble's most impressive pictures, interactive displays that address some of the science concepts behind the telescope's imagery, and a number of videos. Visitors can snap a picture of their hands in visible and infrared light, watch a movie of a comet colliding with Jupiter, and use a Hubble picture to estimate the number of galaxies in the universe, among other activities.


The National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, also hosts a Hubble exhibit in its Space Race Hall. This exhibit showcases the Hubble test telescope, a mock-up telescope used by NASA to test Hubble's functions and durability before the launch of the actual Hubble telescope, along with a gallery of Hubble images. Elsewhere in the museum, the Explore the Universe exhibit showcases Hubble's backup mirror, which was created using conventional optical techniques rather than the computerized methods used for the installed mirror.


ViewSpace, a regularly updated multimedia exhibit that displays images, animations and videos based on the latest news from Hubble and other space missions, appears at science centers, planetariums, museums, universities and libraries across the United States.

Find a local ViewSpace exhibit.

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