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NASA to make announcement on new discovery from planet-hunting mission

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Derrick Tucker | 12 December, 2017, 18:34

NASA will be hosting a somewhat unusual press conference on Thursday to announce the latest find from its planet-hunting Kepler Space Telescope.

Until Kepler, scientists had no idea there were so many planets beyond our solar system.

NASA is poised to make a significant announcement involving the search for Earth-like planets, in an effort that has been aided by artificial intelligence designed by Google. The Google Brain research team conducted research which allows robots to pick up sand, but also is teaching machines how to be fair.

Exactly what has been discovered won't be revealed until Thursday, but with Kepler there's always a good chance that some new distant planets will be part of the reveal.

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

Kepler completed its main mission in 2012, but continued to collect data in an extended mission. There are 30 in habitable zones, meaning they exist at the right distance from their nearest stars to possibly host extraterrestrial life.

The telescope is presently on its second mission called "K2", and this time, it is more dedicated to discovering exoplanets on a limited basis. This exoplanet-hunting confirmed the existence of 178 further planets, with 515 potential candidates. Kepler-11, imagined here by an artist, is a sun-like star orbited by six planets. K2 is also "introducing new research opportunities to study young stars, supernovae and other cosmic phenomena", according to the press release.

Cagey on the details, NASA's press release states that machine learning "demonstrates new ways of analyzing Kepler data". Among them are Paul Hertz, NASA astrophysicist, Christopher Shallue, Google AI senior software engineer, Andrew Vanderburg, astronomer and NASA Sagan Fellow, and Jessie Dotson, Kepler project scientist.

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