The space agency announced on December 14th that they have discovered another 2 new planets around the Kepler-90 star, bringing the total planets orbiting the star to that equal of our own solar system.
What is interesting is that very much like our own solar system, the smaller planets orbit closer to the star, with the larger planets orbiting further out, indicating that solar systems structured like ours may not be uncommon.
NASA also revealed that the discovery was made with a Google artificial intelligence which analysed the Kepler Space Telescope data.
“Just as we expected, there are exciting discoveries lurking in our archived Kepler data, waiting for the right tool or technology to unearth them,” said NASA astrophysicist Paul Hertz. “This finding shows that our data will be a treasure trove available to innovative researchers for years to come.”