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The goal of the Onboard Autonomous Science Investigation System (OASIS) project at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is to evaluate, and autonomously act upon, science data gathered by in-situ spacecraft, such as planetary landers and rovers.

OASIS is designed to operate onboard a spacecraft and to identify and react to serendipitous science opportunities. It analyzes data the rover gathers, and then prioritizes the data based on criteria set by the science team. At the next opportunity for transmitting data back to Earth, the data is already prioritized - ensuring that the most valuable data is sent first.


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Robert Anderson
Planetary Geosciences