Research at STScI

The scientific staff at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) conduct investigations that produce hundreds of articles in peer-reviewed journals each year. Their work spans a range of research areas, including the characteristics of our solar system, the habitability of exoplanets, the physics of stellar processes, the formation of and evolution of galaxies, and the history of the cosmos. They also make use of the world’s flagship observatories, on the ground and in space, which cover the electromagnetic spectrum, from the gamma-ray and X-ray through the sub-millimeter and radio. 

STScI’s Science Mission Office (SMO) works to enable research, both within the institute and in the astronomical community. This team maintains the internal science infrastructure for STScI research staff, and is responsible for external science policy issues, including the support of the Space Telescope Users Committees, and the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) telescope allocation processes.

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This composite image shows the size and location of the Smith Cloud on the sky.


Star forming region N11


Solar system with water vapor (artist concept)


This composite shows the Cassiopeia A supernova remnant across the spectrum.


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