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The Center for Space Sciences and Technology (CSST) is the administrative unit for UMBC’s participation in the CRESST II consortium. The University of Maryland College Park (UMCP), Catholic University, Howard University and the Southeastern Universities  Research Association (SURA) are our partners in the consortium.

The parent organization, The Center for Research and Exploration in Space Science & Technology II (CRESST II), is a cooperative agreement between the partner institutions and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt, Maryland that allows scientists employed by the partners to support projects on base at GSFC. UMCP is the lead institution. UMCP and UMBC are the two major, equal work-share, partners in CRESST II.

The research conducted by the CSST scientists focuses on (i) Astrophysical Data Reduction, Interpretation & Archiving, (ii) Space Science Technology: Development & Calibration, and (iii) Theoretical Astrophysics: Simulations & Software. CSST maintains close relations with the Physics Department at UMBC.

Combined, UMBC astrophysics faculty and CSST scientists contribute to the Undergraduate & Graduate activities (including the Undergrad & Grad internships) by teaching & mentoring students.