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Terrain mapping is one area in which the new capabilities could be used.

A NASA team is working on Mars robot autonomy to make future rovers more intelligent, to enhance safety, to improve productivity, and to drive faster and farther. Two novel capabilities for future Mars rovers are Drive-By Science and Energy-Optimal Autonomous Navigation.

Using machine learning, the rovers would have a human-like ability to see and understand terrain. The efforts to develop a new AI-based paradigm for future autonomous missions can be applied not just to rovers but to any autonomous space mission.