On March 30, 2017 the Center for Research and Exploration in Space Science & Technology (CRESST) cooperative agreement was signed with NASA. The CRESST II agreement is valued at $87.5 million over the next five years and provides for a renewal option for another five years.
Howard University will serve as a partner in CRESST II along with University of Maryland College Park, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Catholic University of America, and the Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA).
UMCP and its four partners will collaborate with scientists in the Sciences and Exploration Directorate at Goddard on observational, experimental, and theoretical research. The research will support NASA’s strategic mission objectives. The work under the agreement supports community access to space science data archives and analysis of scientific data from current and past NASA missions.
As a partner in CRESST II Howard University has an opportunity to increase the numbers of African American undergraduate and graduate students studying astrophysics, planetary science, and cosmology. In general, it is anticipated that many more Howard STEM faculty, post docs, and students will work on missions and conduct research at NASA Goddard with the CRESST II agreement.