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CAESAR New Frontiers Proposal Selected – WVRTC Contributes Critical Robotic Testing

On December 20, NASA announced the selection of two proposals from a field of twelve for robotic missions that will take place in the mid-2020’s. One of the selected proposals, CAESAR (Comet Astrobiology Exploration SAmple Return) mission, which is led by Dr. Steve Squyres of Cornell University, incorporated analysis and experimental data acquired by the West Virginia Robotic Technology Center (WVRTC). The WVRTC team devoted extensive time and effort to deliver the robotic test campaigns and analysis for the proposal.

The proposal selection is part of the New Frontiers program which aims to fund planetary science investigations. The goal of the CAESAR mission is to robotically capture and return a sample of the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet. CAESAR’s sample return will help scientists better understand the composition and history of the comet. The second selected proposal is the Dragonfly mission which aims to land a dual-quadcopter rover on Saturn’s moon Titan for surface exploration.

A link to the original announcement on nasa.gov:


credit: NASA

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