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And now, the weather on Mars, courtesy of new NASA lander

This Dec. 6, 2018 image made available by NASA shows the InSight lander.
Image Credit: NASA via AP
February 20, 2019 - 6:00 AM

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - And now for the weather on Mars: NASA's newest lander is offering daily reports on the red planet's frigid winter.

Starting Tuesday, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is posting the highs and lows online, along with wind speed and atmospheric pressure from the InSight lander.

On Sunday, InSight recorded a high of -17 Celsius and a low of -95 C. Compare that with Sunday's coldest U.S. temperature: -3 C in Taylor Park, Colorado.

Scientists need to know the local Mars weather to determine if InSight's seismometer is registering real marsquakes or simply wind or pressure changes.

InSight landed near the Mars equator in November.

NASA's Curiosity rover is also providing weather updates, while roaming around Mars.

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