NASA enlists AI in the hunt for ET

published 26.06.2020 20:01

by Thomas Macaulay from

While humans won’t be landing on Mars for some time yet, at least AI could help us find life on the Red Planet.

At the Goldschmidt Geochemistry conference this week, NASA scientists revealed the first results of the system.

By using AI to do an initial analysis of the data after it is collected but before it is sent back to Earth, NASA can optimize what we receive, which greatly increases the scientific value of space missions.

As Eric Lyness, software lead in the Planetary Environments Lab at NASA‘s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), explained this week: It costs a lot of time and money to send the data back to Earth which means scientists can’t run as many experiments or analyze as many samples as they would like.

The ExoMars mission to find life on Mars moved a step closer to take-off this week after NASA unveiled the first results of an AI system that will support the search.