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Curiosity of a girl lands on Mars (3)

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14:30, August 16, 2012

"It (curiosity) was the first thing that popped into my mind, and I really liked it, because I was just really curious as a child and I asked so many questions. And I thought it'd be a really good fit for a rover that was going to Mars," Clara told Washington-based National Public Radio.

Ma's interest in space seemed mainly to stem from her grandmother. "My grandma, when she came from China to visit us in the US, would just point out all of these constellations to me, you know, the Big Dipper, the Little Dipper. And the stars are like the only constant things in the sky. They're the same in China and in the US, and I just thought it was really, really cool," she said.

According to the Kansas City Star, Clara intends to take science courses for the forthcoming sophomore year at high school until she graduates and would like to study it in college. Her schedule was also packed with activities, including making an educational film for children and exploring the possibility, a treasured dream, of receiving an internship at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

"I just think it's always good to learn new things, to move forward. And Curiosity isn't just a rover that's going to be studying things up in Mars. It's not just metal and titanium and a body and wheels. It's actually people's emotions and labor and hard work and love and care, and it's all put together in that rover, and it brings people together from all across the world," she told national radio.

"If you can use science to bring people together to discover new things and to learn new things and to advance humanity as a whole, that's always an amazing thing to do, and I think it's totally worthwhile to be going to Mars."

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