New AI Found 6,000 Craters on Moon that Hadn't Been Counted Before

AI Based Lunar Mapping Technology Found 6000 New Moon Craters

A new artificial intelligence (AI)-based lunar mapping technology has correctly mapped thousands of new Moon craters in just hours, the media reported. This program could also be used to catalog impact scars on other moons or planets, which might improve scientists’ understanding of how different objects roamed our solar system in the past. Tech Times reported that using the new lunar mapping techniques, the technology can count new pockmarks on the moon— some 6,000 of them — through available datasets from previous lunar observation information. Mohamad Ali-Dib, from the Centre for Planetary Sciences at University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada said that essentially they want to manually look at an image, place and count the craters and then compute how large they are based on the size of the image. Out of the new craters revealed, 15 percent are smaller in diameter than the minimum crater size in the ground-truth dataset. The errors compared to the human-generated datasets are only 11 percent or less, making the deep-learning tool useful in automatically extracting crater information on numerous solar system bodies. They could spot approximately 6,000 previously unidentified Moon craters. Previous computer algorithms were developed to count craters faster and more correctly than humans weren’t as good at spotting craters in regions the algorithms hadn’t studied in training, says Ari Silburt, an astrophysicist at Penn State. The new AI, described on March 6 at, could also find craters on Mercury, which has a completely distinct surface compared to the moon, the report said.

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