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Onboard science processing opportunities can transform how spacecraft collect and use scientific data. The authors discuss three prototype software systems that tackle well-identified scientific calculations in a spaceborne setting. The proposed paradigm will enable scientists to direct mission activities without the assistance of a ground sequencing team; allow robust capture and redirection when making discoveries at the target body; accommodate the realities of limited communication links; and ensure the return of quality science products from missions.

P. Cheeseman and P. Stolorz, "Onboard Science Data Analysis: Applying Data Mining to Science-Directed Autonomy," in IEEE Intelligent Systems, vol. 13, no. , pp. 62-68, 1998.
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