NASA has said that it will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EST Thursday on December 14, to announce the latest discovery made by its planet-hunting Kepler space telescope.
NASA said the discovery was made by researchers using Google’s artificial intelligence capabilities that are being used to analyse the data sent down by Kepler. Machine learning is an approach to artificial intelligence, and demonstrates new ways of analysing Kepler data.
NASA said the discovery was made by researchers using Google’s AI capabilities that are being used to analyse the data sent down by Kepler.
The American space agency said that besides NASA's own scientists, Christopher Shallue, Senior software engineer based at the tech giant's AI division in Mountain View, California, will also attend the briefing.
For those unfamiliar, NASA’s Kepler space telescope was launched in 2009 when scientists and astronomers were not sure didn’t know how common planets were beyond our solar system. Since then Kepler’s 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. Thanks to Kepler’s treasure trove of discoveries, astronomers now believe there may be at least one planet orbiting every star in the sky.
Kepler completed its prime mission in 2012 and went on to collect data for an additional year in an extended mission. In 2014, the spacecraft began a new extended mission called K2, which continues the search for planets outside the solar system, known as exoplanets, while introducing new research opportunities to study young stars, supernovae and other cosmic phenomena.