The UA has a long and distinguished history in the space sciences. We lead or partner in running 20 unique telescopes throughout the world.
Sophisticated space surveillance is a strategic capability important to the defense and security of our nation and globally. An in-depth view of what’s going on in space, as well as on the ground, is necessary to understand what objects are there, what they are doing, what their intentions are, and what they will do next.
The Steward Observatory and UA Astronomy Department now represent a $50 million to $80 million annual enterprise and employ more than 400 people.
Mirrors from the UA’s Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab in Steward Observatory have been installed in the world’s most powerful telescopes, including the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT), and the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), slated for completion in 2025.