(ORDO NEWS) — An international team of researchers led by the ETH Zurich (ETH) has developed an artificial intelligence that has helped study dark regions of the moon. The work was published in Geophysical Research Letters.
The data obtained will help determine suitable locations for future lunar missions. The team used images taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has been photographing the lunar surface for more than a decade.
With the help of AI, the team was able to make dark areas of the moon visible.
After analyzing the resulting images, the team determined that there is no water ice in these areas of the Moon, although its existence has been proven by other instruments.
The south pole of the moon never encounters sunlight, which makes it cold, the temperature of the pole is from -170 to -240°C, and approaches absolute zero.
So far, the team has explored more than 13 potential landing sites for NASA’s Artemis mission.
The results of this study will enable precise planning of routes to permanently dark areas, which will significantly reduce the risks to which astronauts and robotic explorers are exposed.
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