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Riled Up is a journal of science, the environment, exploration, new technology, and related commentary.  Contributors include scientists, explorers, engineers, and others who provide perspectives and context not typically offered in general news circulation.  For interested readers, additional resources are included.

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Gale Crater here we come

The space shuttles may be now heading for museum displays but the scientists and engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) are close to launching their next generation of Mars roving explorers, Curiosity. They have released a cool video about the rover's destination that was just announced, Gale Crater. If the Mars Science Laboratory successfully lands on the Martian plains-- other Mars landing attempts crashed & burned in the past --we may finally get an answer to the ...
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Channeling O'Keefe

Georgia O'Keefe famously liked to paint the canyons and deserts of the West. Her early 20th Century images of New Mexico are now considered national treasures. [caption id="attachment_5831" align="aligncenter" width="610" caption="Georgia O'Keefe with desert abstract paining (source: 1918 file photo)"][/caption] Who would have expected the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's (JPL) HiRise robot camera to be able to approximate the painters "eye" while orbiting Mars at the beginning of the ...
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Silent Spring

When Rachel Carson wrote her seminal book-- Silent Spring --she was referring to the lack of birds singing in American forests caused by the effects of chemicals in their environment. Another "silent spring" has occurred but this time to the Mars Spirit rover which was just declared dead by NASA. [caption id="attachment_4328" align="aligncenter" width="265" caption="Mars Spirit rover. photo credit: JPL/NASA"][/caption] Spirit and its companion rover Opportunity were only designed to ...
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