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Phonecams May Help Scientists Hunt for Martians


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Using phone cameras, scientists can one day hunt for Martian life, by looking for organic matter that could indicate life. According to a report in New Scientist, research with this type of technology is already underway at the Mars Society's Desert Research Station near Hanksville, Utah. A pair of astronauts at the station is testing out an imaging algorithm designed to automatically pinpoint areas of geological interest on future crewed or robotic missions to the Red Planet.

The algorithm should give astronauts the eyes of a trained human geologist - though, for now, it is fed its pictures via a regular Nokia camera-phone.

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