Did NASA Just Find Alien Life? Kepler Discovery Changes Everything

Terry Joseph
December 12, 2017

The American space agency has scheduled a press conference for Thursday, December 14, which will be addressed by scientists who were involved in the study of thousands of planets discovered by the Kepler space telescope.

At the teleconference, experts from NASA and Google will together explain the latest breakthrough discovery from the alien-hunting telescope, Kepler.

That is about as in-depth as NASA gets in regards to Google's machine learning and the new discovery itself in the news release.

Prior to its launch, astronomers did not know how common planets were beyond the solar system but the observatory has since helped scientists identify more than 2,500 planets and 2,000 planetary candidates that still need further investigations. The press conference can be followed along with at NASA.gov/live, the space agency's social media channels and most likely its YouTube page.

It completed its main mission in 2012, but has continued to do more work. The second mission confirmed that there are 178 exoplanets that exist till this day, and that there are 515 additional potential planets. NASA says the telescope is able to accomplish this by detecting a drop in a star's brightness, which happens when a planet passes in front of it.

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However, its decision to call a press conference suggests this could be a more significant discovery.

It is thought the announcement will revolve around exoplanets - Earth-sized planets that orbit around their own stars. 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.

The briefing will be done by the scientists associated with the project. 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 NASA and Google have discovered, we will just have to wait until Thursday to find out.

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