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NASA to disclose Kepler development: What did the Google AI discover?

12 December 2017

Intriguingly, the NASA said in a statement that the discovery was made by researchers using machine learning technology from Google. "The challenge now is to find terrestrial planets (i.e., those one half to twice the size of the Earth), especially those in the habitable zone of their stars where liquid water might exist on the surface of the planet", NASA wrote.

NASA and Google have scheduled a news conference to reveal their findings at 1 p.m. ET on Thursday.

NASA's Kepler space telescope has gazed at more than 150,000 stars and continues to transmit back data that leads to important discoveries of celestial objects in our galaxy, including first-time observations of planets outside our solar system.

The conference will take place on Thursday, December 14 at 20h00 PM and will stream live on NASA's website.

Kepler's original 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. According to NASA officials, this startling discovery was made using machine learning sponsored by Google.

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The planet-hunting Kepler telescope launched in 2009 and has delivered a plethora of new information and discoveries.

In 2014, Kepler was set to another mission which included hunting for more exoplanets. As of now, the telescope has discovered more than 2500 odd worlds. Kepler-11, imagined here by an artist, is a sun-like star orbited by six planets.

Besides NASA scientists, Christopher Shallue, Senior Software Engineer at Google AI in Mountain View, California, will also attend the briefing.

As the NASA press conference nears, it has also been revealed that the director of the Astrophysics Division Paul Hertz, who works at NASA's headquarters in Washington, will be participating in the event.

NASA to disclose Kepler development: What did the Google AI discover?