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That’s it! We’re going to Mars.

On certain days over the past week, it was officially colder in Canada than it was on the red planet. That’s right, it was chillier here on Earth than it was on a planet that’s an extra 225 MILLION kilometers away from the Sun.

According to data from NASA’s Curiosity Rover, which was busy exploring a small mountain at the time, the daytime high on Jan. 4 was -6°C.

That’s a temperature we’d practically kill for at this point.

Toronto and Ottawa plunged into a deep freeze this week, with temperatures dropping into the negative double digits. Environment Canada pegged Toronto at -17°C, with Ottawa being even colder at -18°C on Wednesday morning. Things didn’t get any better as you moved west into the Prairies – Saskatoon hit a low of -30°C the same day, with a wind chill making it feel more like -41°C. And don’t even get us started on Iqaluit in the north, where it’s starting to look like this:

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Then again on Jan. 8, both Canada and parts of the U.S. registered colder temperatures than Mars.

Before you hop on the next rocket to outer space though, keep in mind that the average temperature on Mars is about -55°C, with lows dipping all the way down to -133°C. Not to mention the lack of humanity, resources and never-ending vistas of barren wasteland.

Buy hey, the choice is yours.

Space dog

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