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Media Telecon Dec. 14th to Announce Latest Kepler Discovery

Press Release From: Ames Research Center
Posted: Friday, December 8, 2017

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NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EST (18:00 UTC) Thursday, Dec. 14, to announce the latest discovery made by its planet-hunting Kepler space telescope. The discovery was made by researchers using machine learning from Google. Machine learning is an approach to artificial intelligence, and demonstrates new ways of analyzing Kepler data.

Briefing participants:
* Paul Hertz, Astrophysics Division director at NASA Headquarters in Washington
* Christopher Shallue, senior software engineer at Google AI in Mountain View, California
* Andrew Vanderburg, astronomer and NASA Sagan Postdoctoral Fellow at The University of Texas, Austin
* Jessie Dotson, Kepler project scientist at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley

For dial-in information, media must send their names, affiliations and phone numbers to Felicia Chou at felicia.chou@nasa.gov no later than 12 noon EST (17:00 UTC) Dec. 14. Questions can be submitted on Twitter during the teleconference using the hashtag #askNASA.

Teleconference audio and visuals will stream live at https://www.nasa.gov/live

When Kepler (https://www.nasa.gov/kepler) launched in March 2009, scientists didn’t know how common planets were beyond our solar system. Thanks to Kepler’s treasure trove of discoveries, astronomers now believe there may be at least one planet orbiting every star in the sky.

Kepler completed its prime mission in 2012 and went on to collect data for an additional year in an extended mission. In 2014, the spacecraft began a new extended mission called K2, which continues the search for planets outside our solar system, known as exoplanets, while introducing new research opportunities to study young stars, supernovae and other cosmic phenomena.

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