NASA is set to make a major announcement about a discovery its Kepler space telescope has made, potentially shedding light on whether there’s life out there.
The space agency has kept pretty quiet on what it’s set to reveal, but Kepler’s current job is to spot exoplanets, worlds the size of Earth orbiting their own star and potentially supporting life.
All that’s known about the announcement scheduled to be made via media teleconference on December 14, is that the discovery was made through feeding Kepler’s collected data through an artificial intelligence system made by Google.
Using machine learning algorithms, which also power the Google Assistant, the AI appears to have spotted something noteworthy enough that it’s prompting NASA to hold a huge press conference.
Now fans of sci-fi and the Mass Effect games will likely be crossing their fingers for signs of life or perhaps abandoned alien structures, while doomsday fanatics will likely want a habitable planet humans can move to before we destroy ourselves.
The good news is that since 2009, Kepler has discovered thousands of planets beyond our solar system, with some thirty planets existing in habitable zones at the right distance away from their star to theoretically sustain life as we know it.
“Thanks to Kepler’s treasure trove of discoveries, astronomers now believe there may be at least one planet orbiting every star in the sky,” said NASA.
And earlier this year NASA found a solar system made up of seven planets that could all support life.
So there’s a chance that NASA may just have discovered extra-terrestrial life, which would certainly be something to shake up the end of the year with, but for now the truth is out there.
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