Where is the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)?

The Space Telescope Science Institute is located on the campus of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

How do I get to STScI?

Directions to the Space Telescope Science Institute are available through our Web site at http://hubblesite.org/about_us/directions.shtml.

Can I arrange interviews with Hubble scientists?

Due to the huge number of requests we receive, we cannot meet the full demand for interviews. Priority is given to news organizations. See Press Resources for more information. Our Speakers' Bureau handles requests from organizations, schools, etc. for educational speakers. Call 410-338-4444 and your request will be forwarded to an internal mailing list asking for volunteers. We will respond to you if a match can be made.

How do I send questions to Hubble scientists?

We regret to inform you that the sheer volume of correspondences we receive prevents us from discussing our findings in detail. E-mailed questions concerning specific press releases will be forwarded to the scientist(s) who conducted the original research. It is up to them to decide if they would like to further discuss their research with you.

Where can I get hard copy versions of STScI's educational materials?

STScI no longer provides complimentary hard copies of its educational material to the general public. Instead, we provide full access to our material online at Amazing Space – http://amazing-space.stsci.edu. Hard copy material is still available at NASA's Educator Resource Centers (ERCs). ERCs are located at 13 NASA Field Centers and in selected museums, libraries, planetariums and universities throughout the United States. For more information about the ERCs, visit http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/about/index.html or call NASA CORE at 440.775.1400.

STScI does continue to provide educational materials to people doing professional development training for educators. Try Amazing Space or contact:

Office of Public Outreach
Space Telescope Science Institute
3700 San Martin Drive
Baltimore, MD, 21218.

Hubble educational materials are also available to educators through NASA's Central Operation of Resources for Educators (CORE). CORE is a worldwide distribution center for NASA's audiovisual educational materials. For a minimal fee, NASA CORE will provide educators who are unable to visit one of the NASA Educator Resource Centers with materials through its mail order service. Visit http://core.nasa.gov to order online or contact:

NASA CORE (Central Operation of Resources for Educators)
Lorain County Joint Vocational School
15181 Route 58 South
Oberlin, OH 44074
Toll-free ordering line: 866-766-CORE
Toll-free fax line: 866-775-1460
How much information is contained in the data archives at STScI?

The Barbara A. Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes (MAST) consists of data taken in ultraviolet and visible light by NASA space-borne missions, such as the Hubble Space Telescope and the International Ultraviolet Explorer. The information from a variety of wavelength regions offers a complete spectrum or picture of a star or galaxy. Such comprehensive information helps to eliminate false impressions about the object from data covering only a few wavelength regions.

The archives contain spectra of about 600,000 astronomical objects taken by Hubble. The archives also hold thousands of spectra taken by other satellites, such as the Galaxy Evolution Explorer and the Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer. In 2005, MAST contained around 25,000 gigabytes of data.

Can anyone use the MAST scrapbook?

The Barbara A. Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes (MAST) scrapbook is made up of data taken in ultraviolet and visible light by various NASA missions, including the Hubble Space Telescope. It was designed for astronomers, who use it to quickly sample data from several missions. But the scrapbook also can be used in the classroom or at home. Students can explore actual data of stars and galaxies, rather than viewing only the smaller public gallery of beautiful Hubble pictures.

Visit the MAST Scrapbook:

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