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I will be working remotely for the foreseeable future. I will be available, by email, by Slack, by text, and by phone, during my “online office hours” of 830am-4pm. 

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For more COVID-19 travel restrictions please see the US Department of State website.


Traveling to Tucson

LSST’s offices are located in the NOAO Building (950 N. Cherry Ave., Tucson, AZ 85719) on the U of A Campus. Our location means visitors to LSST have access to the convenience of campus life, restaurants and shopping as well as easy access to area hotels and bed and breakfasts. Check out the Tucson Visitors Bureau for more information at Visit Tucson.

Parking is a challenge in our area. In general, LSST cannot provide parking for guests. However, there are parking garages within easy walking distance. We also encourage the use of mass transportation whenever possible (Sun Link).

If LSST is arranging your travel the lodging will be coordinated by our travel administrator. Hotels in the vicinity most commonly used are the Aloft Tucson University, The Lodge on the Desert and the Sonesta ES Suites which all have negotiated rates with AURA and LSST. 

If you will be a future or frequent traveler for LSST or would like to update any pertinent travel information, please fill out a Travel Profile to support the reservation process.

Additional questions related to travel into Tucson may be emailed to LSST Travel Administrator Erin Carlson.

Watch this quick Travel Tips Video!


Relocating to Tucson

45 Reasons to Move to Tucson

It’s a dry heat… it snows here… and we have critters that bite

Arizona is the Best.... 

But seriously… For those relocating to Tucson for the LSST project, your travel administrator will be in contact to help get you started. Please check out the following links for useful information:

AURA-LSST has put together a Tucson Relocation Guide to help you get settled.

Tucson FAQ's has additional data about the second largest city in Arizona.

If you have any questions about the city, where to live, best hospitals, nightlife, places to visit, etc.… your peers and your admins are the best sources of information – schedule some time with them and grab a chair.


Traveling to Chile

Travel Information

Traveling in La Serena

Safety Information

Jira Training (US- Chili travel only)


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We’re making some improvements to your travel page. Please see the upper left corner of the menu box which still contains all pertinent travel related links and information. Please email me, Erin Carlson, if you are unable to find something you previously saw on the site or have any creative suggestions for the site.



Financial support for Rubin Observatory comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Cooperative Agreement No. 1258333, the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science under Contract No. DE-AC02-76SF00515, and private funding raised by the LSST Corporation. The NSF-funded Rubin Observatory Project Office for construction was established as an operating center under management of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA).  The DOE-funded effort to build the the Rubin Observatory LSST Camera (LSSTCam) is managed by the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC).
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 to promote the progress of science. NSF supports basic research and people to create knowledge that transforms the future.
NSF and DOE will continue to support Rubin Observatory in its Operations phase. They will also provide support for scientific research with LSST data.   

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