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Artificial Intelligence: Helping Man Explore the Cosmos

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Mars surface

Image of the surface of Mars taken by the Mars Express orbiter in 2007.


Man's first 50 years of spaceflight may have been fuelled by human ingenuity but it is artificial intelligence that will play an increasingly important role in future expeditions into the cosmos.

Both the European Space Agency (ESA) and Nasa are exploring how AI can be used to help satellites map other worlds and robotic rovers search for signs of life outside of Earth.

One of the first of ESA's satellite missions to use AI on its ground control systems was the Mars Express, the satellite orbiting Mars to create a high-resolution map of its surface and take measurements from the planet's atmosphere and surface.

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