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Curiosity's Martian Playground Is Technically Located in Pasadena


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JPL Mars sandbox

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Seventeen miles from downtown L.A., on the campus of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, there's a small stretch of earth covered in beach sand, decomposed granite, brick dust, and volcanic cinders. The grainy layer, dotted with craggy rocks, is tinted a distinctive reddish brown.

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