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University of California, Berkeley -- Space Sciences Laboratory (UCBSSL)

The UCBSSL Center of Excellence research is focussed on the development of instrumentation to answer fundamental scientific questions regarding nucleosynthesis and supernova explosions. Nucleosynthesis and gravity, in their unstable balance, drive the evolution of astrophysical systems from compact objects to the interstellar medium. By directly probing these fundamental driving forces, the nuclear astrophysics instrumentation to be developed under this program by students and researchers at UCBSSL, will play key roles in the space missions coming on line over the next two decades. This program encompasses both the design of telescopes and the development of new technologies permitting novel telescope designs. This novel instrumentation and telescope designs program also stimulates the development of a scientific ballooning program for instrument testing and scientific discovery from space. CalSpace/Space Grant Center of Excellence postdoctoral researchers and undergraduate/graduate students play crucial roles in all aspects of the program. UCBSSL provides an exceptional and complementary Education and Public Outreach (E&PO) program, built around the UCBSSL Center for Science Education. The E&PO part of the CalSpace Center of Excellence at UCB Program supports two types of activities: 1. NASA Space Grant Summer Fellowships; and 2. K-12 Education and Public Outreach activities.

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