Do NASA discovered extra-terrestrial life? To be unveiled on Thursday

12 December, 2017, 18:33 | Author: Patty Aguilar
  • NASA Readies Big Announcement on Possible Alien Life

Researchers made the discovery using a Google AI learning machine, "an approach to artificial intelligence, and demonstrates new ways of analyzing Kepler data".

The Kepler space telescope is tasked with finding other planets - some of which exists in a "habitable zone", meaning they could support life. Kepler has found many hundreds of planets beyond our solar system over the years, but this week's announcement will be different because Google will be sharing in the science spotlight.

The agency said the media teleconference will be held on Thursday at 1 pm EST (1800 GMT) to talk about a discovery made by the Kepler space telescope, which was launched in March 2009 to search for alien worlds.


It completed its primary mission in 2012, when two of the four reaction wheels used to position the telescope failed. By using machine learning provided by the tech giant, Nasa hopes that it can pick through the possible planets more quickly and hopefully find life-supporting planets sooner.

In 2014, Kepler began a new exoplanet-hunting mission, K2, which has confirmed the existence of 178 exoplanets to date. K2 is likewise "introducing new research opportunities to study young stars, supernovae and other cosmic phenomena", the press release stated. The Kepler Space Telescope has discovered thousands of exoplanets. Later that year, NASA said the "unexplained and freaky behavior" was likely a swarm of comets passing in front of the star. And its latest discovery is significant enough to bring with it a huge press conference. Attendees will include Paul Hertz, the director NASA's Astrophysics division in Washington D.C., as well as Christopher Shallue from Google. Shallue is also a senior research engineer at Google, Google Brain, which is Google's machine intelligence research team.

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