NASA To Reveal Its Breakthrough Discovery From Alien-Hunting Telescope

Lena Tucker
December 12, 2017

Intriguingly, the NASA said in a statement that the discovery was made by researchers using machine learning technology from Google.

Kepler launched in March 2009 at a time when scientists and NASA researchers did not know how common planets were beyond our solar system. The "internet went aflutter" using his theory in relationship to the unusual discovery, Wright said, but he cautioned, "you should reserve the alien hypothesis as a last resort".

NASA's Kepler space telescope is considered the most successful planet hunter known for its accuracy when it comes to finding alien worlds.

The space agency vociferated for a press teleconference which will be streamed live on NASA Live.

It completed its main mission in 2012, but has continued to do more work. It confirmed the existence of 2,337 exoplanets and 4,496 possible candidates.

In 2014, Kepler was set to another mission which included hunting for more exoplanets. The discovery was driven by Google's machine-learning artificial intelligence software. Kepler-11, imagined here by an artist, is a sun-like star orbited by six planets.

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

NASA often uses these sorts of events to make announcements from its Kepler telescope.

NASA has been on a roll lately, spotting more than a dozen planets over the past year that might be capable of sustaining life. Shallue is also a senior research engineer at Google, Google Brain, which is Google's machine intelligence research team. Attendees include Paul Hertz, the director of NASA's Astrophysics division in Washington D.C., and Christopher Shallue from Google. And its latest discovery is significant enough to bring with it a huge press conference.

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