Warm feet, cold head

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If you could be on Mars without a space suit, which of course you can't, you now have the data from the weather station to actually feel what it would feel like to be on Mars. Viking just didn't have enough sensors and they couldn't measure fast enough. But we know if we were standing on the surface our feet would be comfortably warm and our head would really need a big hat and scarf! It would be cold up there; 20 or so degrees of variance between the surface and where you're standing at and then just standing there for a moment or two we'd get 10 to 15 degree temperature swings just as we were standing there. You'd be cold and hot all in an instant. And finally you'd sort of feel light breezes that were blowing on the surface and those really make it into a place where you can actually imagine being on the surface and that's kind of fun!