Steve Cole
Headquarters, Washington                              
Cynthia M. O'Carroll
Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
March 29, 2011
RELEASE : 11-091
NASA Awards Earth And Space Science Studies Cooperative Agreement
GREENBELT, Md. -- NASA has awarded a cooperative agreement to the University Space Research Association in Columbia, Md., to facilitate experimental, analytical and theoretical research in support of NASA's strategic Earth and space science objectives.

The Goddard Earth Sciences Technology and Research (GESTAR) Studies and Investigations cooperative agreement has a total value of $95.8 million, which will be annually funded up to $20 million. This agreement runs from May 11 through May 10, 2016, with the ability to extend for an additional five years if deemed appropriate.

The research will be conducted by scientists at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and other research institutions that have been assigned to GESTAR. The GESTAR studies and investigations will enhance cooperative relationships among NASA, academia, not-for-profit scientific organizations and government experimental research programs in concert with Goddard's Sciences and Exploration Directorate.

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