“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


Our Mission

     To ignite curiosity through exploration of the universe.


Our Vision

     STARS fosters connections to the community, science, and the universe across all ages, cultures, and disciplines to provide opportunities for exploration and discovery in the Rio Grande Valley. 

Our 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.  

Board of Directors

STARS is a product of the community—comprised of local businesses, organizations, and space enthusiasts coming together to help achieve our goal of fostering an all-inclusive community through astronomy and space science.

Victor de los Santos
Executive Director
marija jette
Content & Digital Outreach
Board Secretary
Richard Camuccio
PhD Physics Student
Brina martinez
LIGO Research Fellow
Nurith Galonsky Pizana
City of Brownsville
District 1 Commissioner
Kathryn Youker
Public Interest Attorney at Law
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid

Advisory Board

Dr. Mario Diaz
Professor Of Physics & Astronomy
director of CGWA & CTMO
University of texas - rio grande valley
Carol LEE Lutsinger
STARS Founder
NASA Solar System Ambassador

Timothy K. Barry
International Planetarium Society

Our Partners