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Temperature in Winnipeg as Cold as Surface of Mars [VIDEO]

Jan 02, 2014 09:36 AM EST
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Astronauts hopeful of stepping foot on Mars may first want to make a visit to Winnipeg in winter, as temperatures there are currently on par with Martian highs. At one point on Tuesday temperatures in the central Canadian city were colder than on the surface of Mars. This image is a reduced version of panorama from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity with 1.3 billion pixels in the full-resolution version. It shows Curiosity at the "Rocknest" site where the rover scooped up samples of windblown dust and sand. Curiosity used three cameras to take the component images on several different days between Oct. 5 and Nov. 16, 2012.
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Astronauts hopeful of stepping foot on Mars may first want to make a visit to Winnipeg in winter, as temperatures there are currently on par with Martian highs.

At one point on Tuesday temperatures in the central Canadian city were colder than on the surface of Mars.

On New Year's Eve, the Winnipeg Museum, citing data from the NASA's Curiosity rover, reported that the high temperature on the Red Planet was -29°C. Thermometers in Winnipeg only reached a high of -31°C that day.

Much of Manitoba province is encased in a deep freeze this week, with wind chill factors making the air feel as cold as -53°C in some places, enough to cancel some flights into Winnipeg, according to CBC/Radio-Canada.

United Airlines partner ExpressJet canceled some flights into Winnipeg on Monday and Tuesday and a spokesperson for the airline told the CBC that more cancellations will be expected so long as the forecast remains the same.

When the Winnipeg Museum posted the tidbit about the city being colder than it was on Mars on its Facebook page, once commenter quipped that they were moving to Mars.

But the museum was quick to reply with the point that although -29°C was the high temperature at about 3 p.m., come Martin nightfall it would be much colder.

"You probably wouldn't like the night-time temperature there," the museum said Tuedsay. "The relief from the chilly Manitoba weather would be short lived, as it's dropping to about -103°C on Mars tonight."

The bone-chilling cold in Winnipeg, however, is not setting any records.

The coldest temperature ever recorded in the city on New Years Eve is -37.8 C, set in 1967, according to the CBC.

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