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Mars crater where rover landed looks ‘Earth-like’

PASADENA, Calif. — The ancient Martian crater where the Curiosity rover landed looks strikingly similar to the Mojave Desert in California with its looming mountains and hanging haze, scientists said Wednesday.

‘‘The first impression that you get is how Earth-like this seems looking at that landscape,’’ said chief scientist John Grotzinger of the California Institute of Technology.

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