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A self-portrait of the Mars rover Curiosity is seen in this February 3, 2013 handout image courtesy of NASA. REUTERS/NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA Mars rover finds evidence of life-friendly ancient lake

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By Irene Klotz

SAN FRANCISCO - Scientists have found evidence of an ancient freshwater lake on Mars well suited to support microbial life, the researchers said Monday.

The lake, located inside Gale Crater where the rover landed in August 2012, likely covered an area 31 miles long and 3 miles wide, though its size varied over time.

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