NASA to reveal major breakthroughs from its alien-hunting programme

NASA Readies Big Announcement on Possible Alien Life

Nasa is holding a major press conference after its planet-hunting telescope made a new breakthrough, AzVision.az reports citing the Independent.

While finishing its main mission in 2012, the telescope has continued to collect data, and in 2014 began the extended K2 objective to search for planets outside our solar system.

At the teleconference, experts from NASA and Google will together explain the latest breakthrough discovery from the alien-hunting telescope, Kepler. Google's machine learning approach to artificial intelligence is considered the world's pioneering application in the field. NASA has called for a press meet on next Thursday to show its significant discovery after searching for life outside our solar system.

A live stream will take place at 1pm EST (6pm GMT) to announce the latest discovery, with a number of scientists in attendance to discuss the findings.

It is believed that during the research, scientists found almost 21 Earth-sized planets known to orbit within the habitable zones of their stars.




It is thought the announcement will revolve around exoplanets - Earth-sized planets that orbit around their own stars. This has confirmed the existence of 178 exoplanets to date, with 515 further potential planets.

The discovery used Google's machine learning algorithms to possibly develop a new way of analyzing data from the Kepler spacecraft. 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.

According to the press release, K2 is "introducing new research opportunities to study young stars, supernovae and other cosmic phenomena".

Shallue is a senior research software engineer at Google Brain, which is the tech corporation's machine intelligence research team.

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