“We are made of star stuff. We are a way for the Cosmos to know itself. We are creatures of the Cosmos and always hunger to know our origins, to understand our connection with the Universe.     Every culture on the planet has devised its own response to the riddle posed by the Universe. Every culture celebrates the cycles of life and nature. There are many different ways of being human.”

Carl Sagan



The South Texas Astronomical Society (or STARS) is a Brownsville community-based nonprofit organization focusing on space science research, education, and outreach.

STARS is a product of the community — comprised of local businesses, organizations, and space enthusiasts who help us achieve our goal of fostering a community through astronomy and space.

Our Mission

Our mission is to enlighten, connect, and engage the local community through astronomy and space science outreach.  

Our charter is to leverage Brownsville’s unique position in the new space ecosystem to cultivate interest in science, technology, research, engineering, art, and mathematics (STREAM). 

Board of Directors

In 2019, science needs diverse champions with great communication skills and a creative approach to problem solving.  Our board features people from all walks of life – seasoned educators, UX designers, project managers, and nonprofit facilitators. We are united in serving our community by organizing and hosting space science events with partners and fellow science enthusiasts!

Carol Lutsinger
STARS Founder
NASA Solar System Ambassador
Victor de los Santos
STARS President
Communications & Outreach
marija jette
STARS Board Member
Digital Content & Outreach
Debbie Cox
STARS Facilitator
Board Secretary
Brina martinez
STARS Board Member
LIGO Research Fellow
Nurith Galonsky Pizana
STARS Board Member
District 1 Commissioner
City of Brownsville Liaison
Richard Camuccio
STARS Board Member
Kathryn Youker
STARS Board Member
Public Interest Attorney at Law
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid

STARS Advisory Board

Dr. MArio Diaz
Professor of Physics & Astronomy
director of CGWA & CTMO
University of texas - rio grande valley
Timothy K. Barry
International Planetarium Society

Our Partners