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Researchers at NASA are testing a pilot AI system in search for life on other planets in the solar system, said a report by IEEE Spectrum.

The system is being tested to help NASA’s ExoMars mission slated to launch in the summer or fall of 2022. The machine-learning algorithms being developed by the US space agency are expected to help science teams decide how to test soil samples on Mars to return only the most meaningful data, the IEEE Spectrum report added.

ExoMars will be the first mission to combine the capability to move across the surface and to study Mars at depth.

For the uninitiated, the 2022 mission of the ExoMars programme will deliver a European rover, Rosalind Franklin, and a Russian surface platform, Kazachok, to the surface of Mars.

A Proton rocket will be used to launch the mission, which will arrive at Mars after a nine-month journey. The ExoMars rover will travel across the Martian surface to search for signs of life. It will collect samples with a drill and analyse them with next-generation instruments.

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