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Partnership Overview: NASA

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The University of Maryland and NASA have established a close research relationship, much in part thanks to the close proximity of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., to the College Park campus. In 2010, UMD and NASA-Goddard signed a memorandum of understanding that created a strong and important partnership between the two organizations. The agreement provided greater reciprocal access to the personnel and the facilities of each organization and allow easier identification, development, and implementation of future partnerships. Joint, collaborative research activities have included space-based science; engineering research and development; bio-sciences; earth sciences, and education. The partnership was also designed to help NASA-Goddard attract and retain scientific and engineering talent, including graduate students, post-doctoral research associates as well as full-time scientists and engineers. UMD is among the top sources of future employee recruits of any university in the country for NASA.

Centers and Collaborations:

NASA Harvest

Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) Lidar

Center for Research and Exploration in Space Science & Technology (CRESST2)

Joint Global Carbon Cycle Center

International Space Station (ISS) Cosmic Ray Energetics and Mass (CREAM)


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