National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

4:16pm

Thu October 3, 2013

4:52pm

Tue October 1, 2013
Science

The Shutdown's Squeeze On Science And Health

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9:18am

Tue October 1, 2013
Science

What's The Forecast On Kepler-7B? Hot And Cloudy

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 10:34 am

An artist's rendition of Kepler-7b (left) with Jupiter for comparison.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/MIT

Scientists are reasonably sure that it's a cloudy day on Kepler-7b, a planet that orbits its star about 1,000 light-years away from us.

Using NASA's orbiting space telescopes, researchers publishing in Astrophysical Journal Letters say that for the first time they've been able to make a rudimentary map of the atmosphere of an extrasolar planet.

The team used faint visible light and infrared reflections from Kepler-7b to make their cloud map.

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5:00am

Fri September 20, 2013
Colorado Flood

Look At The Flooding Of Greeley And Evans From Space

The swollen South Platte River pushing though Evans and Greeley, Colo., Sept. 17, 2013.
Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon, using Landsat data from the USGS NASA Earth Observatory

1:40pm

Thu September 19, 2013
Science

Mars Rover Data Dims Hope Of Finding Life On Red Planet

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 5:19 pm

A self portrait mosaic of the Mars Curiosity Rover inside the Gale Crater.
NASA

When the Mars Curiosity made its dramatic and first-of-its-kind landing on Mars in August of 2012, the hope was that the $2.5-billion rover could confirm what scientists had suspected: that there was life on Mars.

Today, in a paper released in the journal Science, researchers explain that if the Red Planet is harboring life, the instruments on the rover have been unable to sniff it out.

NPR's Joe Palca filed this report for our Newscast unit:

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