JWST Innovation

Trends 2030





In the last 20 years, HST has revolutionized the way humanity views our universe. In turn, STScI has redefined “how astronomy is done” in alignment with our mission statement that an operation center for a space telescope needs to be a center of excellence in science.


As the successor of HST and Spitzer, JWST will go deeper and fainter than any other telescope. With JWST we will create a new model for how space observatories are run and how they serve the community at large. We are set to revolutionize (mid-infrared) astronomy yet again.


ATLAST is yet another bold step in the direction of defining the next generation of UVOIR space observatories. By now STScI is “the” science and operations center for flagship missions: performing challenging observations to answer some of our most compelling astrophysical questions is what we do best.


MAST is the public interface to a complex archive operation that has managed state of the art storage and distribution of astronomical data over the last 20 years. Among NASA’s data centers, MAST stands out for its ability to deliver high quality products to a wide and diversified community.

Data Center

Large volumes of data form PanSTARRS and later LSST will drive a fundamental shift in our archive operations. We will meet the needs of a rapidly changing community, which by now expects fast turnaround on petascale datasets.

Data Analysis Hub

As the management of massive datasets becomes routine, archive operations will naturally evolve into a data and computational hub for astronomical research. We provide flexible access to data and computational resources. We are synonymous with science discovery.


User support and communications are among our strengths. We strive to provide the highest quality information and services to astronomers, educators and citizens alike.

Engaged Networks

We expand our role beyond providers to become facilitators, including our customers in the flow of conversation. We create and maintain information and support networks, enriching our knowledge through sharing with engaged networks. We focus on connections, information exchange and building relationships.


We enjoy our central role in a thriving astronomical community, where collaborative research and computing are commonplace activities, and knowledge sharing serves to deepen scientific insight. Continuous learning and informal exchange combine to promote knowledge stewardship through group thinking.