What it would feel like to stand on Mars

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It would be remarkable. We've seen those early morning clouds. You wake up early to go to work and you see the salmon-colored clouds whisping across the surface. You see the sunrise bright and orange through that salmon-colored, dust-filled sky in the morning and the sky would never be blue; it would remain that pinkish-salmony color. You look out at the pictures of this rock-strewn field and you can imagine walking on that surface. From the rover's wheel tracks in the soil you can imagine the footprints that you would leave and you can imagine going over to Yogi and Barnacle Bill and looking at them up close. And looking around you can kind of imagine what that surface would be like to walk on and what you'd look at as you did that.