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Our Mission


The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) Planetarium including the UTPA Portable Planetarium serves the rapidly growing, international, multicultural Rio Grande Valley community. The Planetarium creates, promotes, and disseminates learning and educational experiences through utilizing digitally enhanced visualization technology, surround sound and other innovative specialized equipment. The Planetarium interactively motivates and attracts youth as well as the entire family and our community toward education by capturing their imagination while educationally exploring our Universe through a wide range of disciplines including but not limited to science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The visualization laboratory provided by the Planetarium enhances University student learning outcomes through a variety of educational areas and disciplines preparing them for lifelong learning and leadership roles in the state, nation and world community.