To achieve its goal of returning a sample from the nucleus of a comet to Earth, CAESAR draws on the expertise and experience of several institutions and the scientists and engineers who work there.

Cornell University

Principal Investigator: Steve Squyres, Mission and Science Operations

NASA Goddard

Gas Containment System, Project Management

Spacecraft Bus


Science and Sample Return Capsule


Sample Acquisition System and Sample Containment System

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Camera Suite

Navigation and Flight Dynamics

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Sample Recovery and Curation

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Robotic Arm


The CAESAR team is international, with collaborators from nine countries working together to ensure we have top experts from around the world.