- Dec 2013
the Soviet Venera landings on Venus were years AFTER the Apollo landings.Probably the first manned mission to Mars will be via AI. That way we can save an enormous amount of time and money not having to worry about radiation or life support systems. It is worth noting that the Russians landed on the hostile environment of Venus using a relatively simple rocket and landing craft, years before the Americans landed on the moon. Let's face it, most of the technological leaps and bounds in recent years have been in AI, so NASA might as well use it!
And you don't need artificial intelligence for unmanned probes anyway. We've operated dozens of landers and rovers remotely without a hint of artificial intelligence being used.