Our Mission

To ignite curiosity in the Rio Grande Valley through space science education, outreach programs, and by serving as a liaison between community members and space organizations and resources. 

Our Vision

The South Texas Astronomical Society aims to nurture the innate human desire for exploration and discovery by fostering connections to science and the cosmos across the Rio Grande Valley. 

Board of Directors

Victor de los Santos
Executive Director
board chair
marija jette
Design & Communications
Debbie Cox
Board Secretary

Richard Camuccio
PhD Physics Student
Director of Science
Brina Martinez
PhD Aerospace Engineering Student
Texas A&M University
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Nurith Galonsky
City of Brownsville
City Commissioner - District 1
Moises Gomez
Certified Public Accountant
Gomez, Fragoso & Associates, P.C.

Advisory Board

Carol Lutsinger
NASA Solar System Ambassador
STARS Founder
Timothy Barry
International Planetarium Society
Dr. Mario Diaz
Professor, UTRGV
Director, CGWA & CTMO
Kathryn Youker
Public Attorney
Director, Economic Justice Project

STARS Staff Members

Philippe Donaus
Director of operations
maria fernanda martinez
Director of education
& grant writing

Our Partners

“It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world.

To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”

Carl Sagan