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NASA's Martian Weather Station

On August 6, 2012, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory landed a one-ton rover the size of a small truck on the surface of Mars. The rover, named “Curiosity” by Clara Ma, a Kansas teen who wrote the winning essay in a contest to name the newest rover, is well into its one Martian year (nearly two Earth years) primary mission.

TONY RICE is a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador and a contributor to the WRAL-TV Weather Blog on astronomy and spaceflight topics.

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