NASA has released the first picture of Jupiter taken since the Juno spacecraft went into orbit around the planet on July 4.

The picture was taken on July 10. Juno was 2.7 million miles from Jupiter at the time. The color image shows some of the atmospheric features of the planet, including the giant red spot. You can also see three of Jupiter's moons in the picture: Io, Europa and Ganymede.

The Senate is set to approve a bill intended to change the way police and health care workers treat people struggling with opioid addictions.

My husband and I once took great pleasure in preparing meals from scratch. We made pizza dough and sauce. We baked bread. We churned ice cream.

Then we became parents.

Now there are some weeks when pre-chopped veggies and a rotisserie chicken are the only things between us and five nights of Chipotle.

Parents are busy. For some of us, figuring out how to get dinner on the table is a daily struggle. So I reached out to food experts, parents and nutritionists for help. Here is some of their (and my) best advice for making weeknight meals happen.

"O Canada," the national anthem of our neighbors up north, comes in two official versions — English and French. They share a melody, but differ in meaning.

Let the record show: neither version of those lyrics contains the phrase "all lives matter."

But at the 2016 All-Star Game, the song got an unexpected edit.

At Petco Park in San Diego, one member of the Canadian singing group The Tenors — by himself, according to the other members of the group — revised the anthem.

School's out, and a lot of parents are getting through the long summer days with extra helpings of digital devices.

How should we feel about that?

Police in Baton Rouge say they have arrested three people who stole guns with the goal of killing police officers. They are still looking for a fourth suspect in the alleged plot, NPR's Greg Allen reports.

"Police say the thefts were at a Baton Rouge pawn shop early Saturday morning," Greg says. "One person was arrested at the scene. Since then, two others have been arrested and six of the eight stolen handguns have been recovered. Police are still looking for one other man."

A 13-year-old boy is among those arrested, Greg says.

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After an international tribunal invalidated Beijing's claims to the South China Sea, Chinese authorities have declared in no uncertain terms that they will be ignoring the ruling.

The Philippines brought the case to the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, objecting to China's claims to maritime rights in the disputed waters. The tribunal agreed that China had no legal authority to claim the waters and was infringing on the sovereign rights of the Philippines.

Donald Trump is firing back at Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg after she disparaged him in several media interviews. He tweeted late Tuesday that she "has embarrassed all" with her "very dumb political statements" about the candidate. Trump ended his tweet with "Her mind is shot - resign!":

Donald Trump wrapped up his public tryout of potential vice presidential candidates in Indiana Tuesday night with Gov. Mike Pence giving the final audition.

The Indiana governor's stock as Trump's possible running mate is believed to be on the rise, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also atop the list. Sources tell NPR the presumptive GOP presidential nominee is close to making a decision, which he's widely expected to announce by Friday.


Anxiety Hovers Over Rover's Mars Landing

Aug 4, 2012
Originally published on August 5, 2012 11:43 am



These are tense times for scientists and engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena. Late Sunday night Pacific Time, they'll learn if nearly a decade of hard work will result in a priceless scientific laboratory landing safely on Mars or if the rover known as Curiosity will turn into a useless pile of junk. Everything depends on what happens during the seven minutes of terror, the time it takes the probe to go from the top of the Martian atmosphere to the planet's surface.

NPR science correspondent Joe Palca has been covering the mission. He has these thoughts about this time of anxious waiting.

JOE PALCA, BYLINE: I feel a certain connection with this mission. I've made it a point to check in on Curiosity over the past few years. In 2010, principle mission scientist John Grotzinger took me to a balcony overlooking an enormous clean room at the Jet Propulsion Lab, where technicians in white suits fussed over gleaming pieces of hardware.

This is the real deal, right? This is the thing that's going to be on Mars in a couple of years.

JOHN GROTZINGER: Right. So what we see in the high bay viewing gallery here are all the components that are going to come together to form the spacecraft that will eventually land on the surface of Mars.

PALCA: Eventually seem a long way off back then. Now, eventually as arrived. Everything has to work perfectly during those seven minutes of terror for Curiosity to land safely. Adam Stelzner is the engineer in charge of the team that built the landing system. At a news conference, a reporter asked him whether there was any one of those seven minutes he was particularly concerned about.

ADAM STELZNER, JET PROPULSION LABORATORY: Like any good parent, I love each of those minutes equally.


LABORATORY: In different ways, of course. They're all different minutes.

PALCA: Stelzner uses humor to cope with the crushing anxiety and he does a pretty good job, but really, they'll be no relief until 10:31 Pacific Time on Sunday night. That's when Curiosity is due to send its first signal from the Martian surface. David Blake of NASA's Ames Research Center is in charge of one of Curiosity's instruments. He tries to take a philosophical approach to the whole thing.

DAVID BLAKE NASA: The crazy thing about this whole business is there's nothing about this that's a done deal, you know. It's like running in the Olympic Games. You just don't know if you're going to get the medal. You do everything you can and hope for the best.


STAMBERG: Joe Palca, NPR News.


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