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11.22.21 - New Deep Learning Method Adds 301 Planets to Kepler's Total Count
Scientists recently added a whopping 301 newly validated exoplanets to the total exoplanet tally. They used a new deep neural network called ExoMiner that leverages NASA’s Pleiades supercomputer and can distinguish real exoplanets from different types of imposters, or "false positives."
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11.12.21 - 6 Things to Know About Supercomputing at NASA
From exploring the solar system and outer space to improving life here on Earth, supercomputing is vital to NASA missions. The agency will host a virtual exhibit to showcase how these powerful machines enable science and engineering advances during the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis Nov. 14–19, 2021.
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11.10.21 - TESS Detects Planet in Orbit Around Two Stars
Researchers at the SETI Institute, NASA, and a variety of other institutions detected a planet in a 200-day orbit around two stars – known as a circumbinary planet – from observations of just one NASA Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) sector over an observation period of 27 days. TESS data analysis took place at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS).
Artist's conception of the asteroid that ended the reign of the dinosaurs hitting the Earth
07.27.21 - SwRI Team Zeroes in on Source of the Impactor that Wiped Out the Dinosaursa
Southwest Research Institute researchers have shown that the processes that deliver large asteroids to Earth from the outer half of the main asteroid belt occur at least 10 times more frequently than previously thought and that the composition of these bodies match what we know of the dinosaur-killing impactor. Using NASA’s Pleaides supercomputer, the team followed 130,000 model asteroids evolving over hundreds of millions of years.
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05.11.21 - NSF, NASA Award Funds NMSU Professor’s Research on How Planets Form
A three-year program at New Mexico State University, funded through the National Science Foundation and NASA, will allow astronomy assistant professor Wladimir Lyra to create a roadmap of planet formation using supercomputers, including those at the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Facility.

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