Why STARS?

 “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

Cosmos,1980

Our Mission

To ignite curiosity through exploration of the universe.

Our Vision

To ignite curiosity through exploration of the universe.

Core Values

Curiosity — We spark interest in Science, Technology, Research, Engineering, Art and Math (STREAM). 

Exploration — We search to discover. 

Accessibility — We include people of all ages, cultures, and abilities. 

Partnerships — We create more together than we can alone. 

Community — We love the family of the Rio Grande Valley, and beyond.  

Goals

EDUCATION: To provide opportunities for unique educational experiences, shared interests, and hands-on learning. 

SCIENCE: To create a platform for science communication, a forum for discussion, and highlight the connection between astronomy and all academic disciplines. 

CHILDREN: To generate excitement, inspire the next generation of explorers, and have fun. 

CAREERS: To craft a pipeline for STREAM career opportunities, connect local youth to field experts, and foster lifelong passions. 

COMMUNITY: To collaborate with local institutions, expand access to resources, and create a sense of belonging

Our Board of Directors

The STARS 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 programs and events with partners and fellow science enthusiasts.

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Victor de los Santos
Executive Director
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Design/Communications/Outreach
Debbie Cox
STARS Secretary

Richard Camuccio
TTU PhD Candidate & Astrophysicist in Residence
Brina Martinez
PhD Candidate Texas A&M University
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Nurith Galonsky
Brownsville City Commissioner District 1
Kathryn Youker
Public Interest Attorney at Law Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
Moises Gomez, CPA
Certified Public Accountant Gomez, Fragoso & Associates, P.C.

Advisory Board

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Carol Lutsinger
NASA Solar System Ambassador
STARS Founder
Timothy Barry
Architect
International Planetarium Society
Dr. Mario Diaz
Professor, Director of
CGWA & CTMO at UTRGV

Our Partners