The American space agency announced Thursday an important discovery made thanks to the Kepler space telescope and artificial intelligence developed by Google. As explained in a press release by NASA, “the finding has been carried out using Google machine learning,” a type of artificial intelligence that gives machines autonomous ability to learn. And “it shows that there are new ways to analyze the data coming from Kepler”.
Although no detail has been revealed about the content of the announcement and will have to wait until tomorrow to know what it is, as the Kepler space telescope is likely to be new exoplanets, this is planets orbiting other stars and that could harbor life. Perhaps Google’s artificial intelligence is also helping to detect signs of life in those other distant worlds . In fact, tomorrow at the press conference, in addition to scientists from NASA and the Kepler mission, Christopher Shallue, Google’s Artificial Intelligence Engineer, will participate, who will surely reveal how the main online search engine is helping in space research.
And is that exoplanets are the best candidates in the universe to find living organisms and, in fact, they have discovered several very similar to the Earth and that might contain the building blocks for life. In fact, in February NASA announced that it had found an entire solar system that could harbor life.
The exoplanet hunter
Kepler, the space telescope that this time shares prominence with Google, is an effective hunter of exoplanets. Since the mission was launched, in 2009, when not even the amount of these objects in the universe was suspected, this probe has discovered thousands of these celestial bodies and demonstrated that it is very common in the universe that has stars with their own planets.
Since its launch in 2009, the Kepler mission has had incredible success and has identified more than 2700 planets orbiting other stars
The vast amount of data Kepler captures and sends to Earth makes it cumbersome and slow for scientists to search for relevant information. How to look for a needle in a haystack. Hence, the introduction of artificial intelligence, for computers to do part of the work, can open a new era in astronomy, allowing astrophysicists to analyze possible planets faster and find those candidates to house life before.
So far, the Kepler mission has had incredible success and has identified more than 2700 planets orbiting other stars. Surely, now with the help of artificial intelligence, as scientists can analyze the huge amount of data obtained by the telescope, that figure will increase considerably.
The press conference of the announcement will be tomorrow Thursday at 7pm, Peninsular time. You can follow through twitter and ask questions using the hashtag #AskNasa and also from the web: https://www.nasa.gov/live.