248638AD00000578-2902981-image-a-19_1420783745099Time to stop remarking about how unearthly cold it is outside because on Thursday, Mars was actually warmer than many parts of the U.S.  The daytime high in the red planet’s Gale Crater, as recorded by NASA’s curiosity Rover, was 17.6 degrees F – a whopping 11 degrees warmer than the 6-degree high in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  Temperatures in fourteen states from Washington to Maine reported temperatures colder than Mars, as a brutal blast of Arctic air sweeps the country. Mars just recently passed its closest orbit to the sun, which partially explains why the temperature was relatively balmy. The Gale Crater is also located in one of the warmest parts of the planet, near the equator. However, Americans shouldn’t start planning their winter vacation to Mars just yet, as the nighttime temperatures drop drastically. Thursday night, temperatures dipped to a fatal -144 F. Temperatures are expected to improve Friday as Winter Storm Gorgon moves off the coast of the U.S. More