Welcome to the MAST Notebook Repository!


Welcome to the MAST Notebook Repository!#

This is a collection of Jupyter Notebooks, written in Python, that demonstrate methods of acccessing and analyzing data from the the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes.

Mission Acronyms#

Acronyms are defined here to eliminate any ambiguity or confusion. More details on the mission, catalog, or service are available in the corresponding links.

Mission, Catalog, or Service



astroquery and more specfically astroquery.mast is a Python module that provides quick access to data from the MAST Archive.


Hubble Source Catalog, a collection intended to maximize the scientific productivity of the Hubble Telescope by creating a list of visit-based sources.


The International Ultraviolet Explorer, active from 1978 until 1996, produced over 100,000 UV spectra, which have been archived in MAST.


James Webb Space Telescope, an infrared telescope launched in 2021.


The original Kepler mission, which searched for exoplanets from 2009-2013.


The extended Kepler mission, following its second reaction wheel failure in 2013.


Community Contributed Missions are smaller in scope; at present this includes only FIMS-SPEAR, but will soon contain cubesat and balloon missions.


Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System, a wide-field imaging survey based in Hawaii.


Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, launched in 2018 to look for planets in orbit around nearby stars.