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NASA To Reveal Its Breakthrough Discovery From Alien-Hunting Telescope

NASA is going to hold a press conference regarding the Kepler mission. The U.S. space agency wants to reveal a breakthrough AI discovery coming from its alien-hunting telescope. The research and discovery has been also supported by Google and its machine-learning artificial intelligence software. NASA will reveal its findings in a press conference announced to take place on Thursday Dec. 14th at 1 p.m. EST, which is also going to be live-streamed on NASA’s website.

Kepler telescope Alien-Hunting Telescope
Image Source: NASA/Ames Research Center/Wendy Stenze

NASA’s Kepler telescope launched back in 2009 and until now has managed to discover thousands of planets that reside outside of our solar system, in the interstellar space.

“When Kepler launched in March 2009, scientists didn’t know how common planets were beyond our solar system. Thanks to Kepler’s treasure trove of discoveries, astronomers now believe there may be at least one planet orbiting every star in the sky,” it has been stated in the press release on NASA’s website.

Kepler’s initial mission was completed in 2012. The mission was successful as it confirmed that there are 2,337 exoplanets that exist, and moreover, 4,496 more possible candidates. Also, 30 planets are present in habitable zones, which means that their distance from the neighboring stars, and the stars that they orbit allows them to support extraterrestrial life.

In 2014, Kepler was set to another mission which included hunting for more exoplanets. The mission was called K2. The second mission confirmed that there are 178 exoplanets that exist till this day, and that there are 515 additional potential planets.

According to the press release, K2 is “introducing new research opportunities to study young stars, supernovae and other cosmic phenomena.”

At the teleconference, experts from NASA and Google will together explain the latest breakthrough discovery from the alien-hunting telescope, Kepler. One of the attendees is Paul Hertz, the director of NASA’s Astrophysics division in Washington D.C, as well as Christopher Shallue from Google. Shallue is also a senior research engineer at Google, Google Brain, which is Google’s machine intelligence research team. The Google Brain research team conducted research which allows robots to pick up sand, but also is teaching machines how to be fair.

As stated in NASA‘s press release, “machine learning…demonstrates new ways of analyzing Kepler data.”

So, if you are interested in more details on NASA’s breakthrough discovery by the Kepler space telescope, be sure to tune in on their website this Thursday at 1 p.m. EST.