Finding new habitable planets is just the start. RobERt's swift data analysis could also bring scientists closer to understanding how solar systems—including our own—formed in the first place. "We're at the very beginning of understanding planet formation," Waldmann says. "The only way we can do this is by looking at many examples of other solar systems." RobERt will add to our roster of known systems, serving as a kind of theoretical astronomer in a box—a tool that the UCL team can export to space agencies to check their exoplanet observations against RobERt's accrued experience. "Then maybe, if we're lucky, we'll find a small, habitable planet," Waldmann says. "We'll have to be lucky, but it will come."