Scott Sandford on Comet Coma Rendezvous and Sample Return

Dr. Scott Sandford made a presentation on the final Comet Coma Rendezvous and Sample Return (CCRSR) concept mission at NASA Headquarters on Friday, February 27. The CCRSR is one of the missions being studied under the Discovery and Scout Mission Capabilities Expansion (DSMCE) program, which is investigating the possible use and testing of the new ASRG power unit on a Discovery-class mission.

The CCRSR mission would rendezvous with a comet and follow it for much on an entire orbit, during which time it would periodically dip down into the comet’s coma and collect dust samples for subsequent return to Earth for study.

Dr. Sandford was the PI on the concept study effort, which was successfully completed this February.