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Available Expert - NASA planet-hunting Kepler mission to make major discovery announcement

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Queen's University astronomer Nathalie Ouellette is available to comment immediately following a major NASA announcement related to the Kepler space telescope’s search for new planets.

"NASA and its Kepler mission have discovered thousands of alien worlds orbiting distant stars,” says Dr. Ouellette. “By teaming up with tech companies like Google and using cutting-edge machine learning techniques, they've increased their discovery capacity a huge amount. This will make it much easier and faster to find exoplanets, and brings us one step closer to finding Earth-like planets and perhaps even alien life."

Dr. Ouellette is a research associate at Queen's University in the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy. Her doctoral dissertation surveyed the Virgo Cluster Galaxies, and her research focus consists of galaxies and space outside of our own solar system.

NASA is livestreaming the announcement at 1 p.m. EST. Dr. Ouellette will be available immediately following the broadcast.

To arrange an interview, please contact communications officer Dave Rideout (613-533-6000 ext. 79648, 613.453.5676, or dave.rideout@queensu.ca) or Anne Craig (613.533.2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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