A team has discovered at the Kepler Space Telescope, and many people consider that this press conference will unveil something significant related to extra-terrestrial life in the history of the space agency.
'Are we alone? Maybe Kepler today has told us indirectly, although we need confirmation, that we are probably not alone, ' Kepler scientist Mario Perez said in a news conference. Also, 30 planets are present in habitable zones, which means that their distance from the neighboring stars, and the stars that they orbit allows them to support extraterrestrial life.
Kepler is NASA's most successful planet discoverer, having identified over 2,500 exoplanets in its two missions over eight years. The Kepler space telescope was launched in 2009, to help find how common planets outside of Earth's solar system are.
According to the agency, the media teleconference will be held on Thursday at 1 pm EST (1800 GMT) and will talk about the latest discovery made by the telescope that was launched in March 2009 to search for alien worlds.
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What we do know is that Shallue and Vanderburg have been collaborating on an effort that uses machine learning to find new planet candidates in Kepler data (PDF link), which would be deemed inconclusive using more traditional analysis methods.
The telescope is presently on its second mission called "K2", and this time, it is more dedicated to discovering exoplanets on a limited basis. It contemplated planets around stars categorized as bright M Dwarfs in the environs of the Sun.
K2 is also "introducing new research opportunities to study young stars, supernovae and other cosmic phenomena". In the initial objective, the telescope witnessed more than 1,50,000 stars outside our solar system. 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.
Jessie Dotson, Kepler project scientist at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California.