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The Center for Space Science and Technology (CSST) was set up in 2006 September primarily to serve as the administrative unit for UMBC’s participation in the CRESST consortium. The University of Maryland College Park (UMCP), The Catholic University of America (CUA), Howard University and the Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA) are our partners in the consortium.

CRESST, standing for the Center for Research and Exploration in Space Science & Technology, is a cooperative agreement between the partner institutions and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt, Maryland. CRESST brings together scientists to build upon the many capabilities and strengths in space science of the participating organizations. CRESST also works to increase the involvement of minority and women scientists in space science research and to facilitate university student participation in such research.