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Mars rover takes 'cool' detour to explore hot spot: Nasa

Published on Aug 18, 2012 6:57 AM

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The United States space agency Nasa's Mars rover Curiosity will make a wide detour to explore a "cool" geographical hot spot on Mars, scientists said on Friday.

The scientists also reported they found temperatures in the Red Planet's Gale Crater to be just above freezing, the first monitoring of Mars temperatures in three decades.

Before driving to its destination at Mount Sharp, which may contain traces of water, Curiosity will head in the opposite direction, to a spot NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has dubbed Glenelg.

The Pasadena lab said the geologically-rich area marks the intersection of three kinds of terrain 500m from the rover's landing site.

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