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Brainy ‘Bots NASA Science

Ayanna Howard may never set foot on Mars or lead a mission to Jupiter, but the work she’s doing on “smart” robots will help to revolutionize planetary exploration nonetheless. As a project scientist specializing in artificial intelligence at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Ayanna is part of a team that applies creative energy to a new generation of space missions — planetary and moon surface explorations led by autonomous robots capable of “thinking” for themselves.