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Cold dis-comfort: Antarctica set record of -135.8

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ANTARCTICA - In this undated handout photo provided by Walking with the Wounded (WWTW) on December 4, 2013, Team Commonwealth pull their sleds in Antarctica on day three of the South Pole Allied Challenge. The Virgin Money South Pole Allied Challenge 2013, of which Prince Harry is patron, will see the participants race across three degrees to the South Pole. All 12 injured service personnel from Britain, America, Canada and Australia have overcome life-changing injuries and undertaken challengin

WASHINGTON (AP) - Feeling chilly? Here's cold comfort: You could be in East Antarctica which new data says set a record for soul-crushing cold.

Try 135.8 degrees Fahrenheit below zero. Better yet, don't. That's so cold scientists say it hurts to breathe.

A new look at NASA satellite data revealed that Earth set a new record for coldest temperature recorded. It happened in August 2010 when it hit -135.8 degrees. Then on July 31 of this year, it came close again: -135.3 degrees.

The old record had been -128.6 degrees.

Ice scientist Ted Scambos at the National Snow and Ice Data Center said the record low temperature is about 50 degrees colder than anything in Alaska.

Scambos announced the cold facts at the American Geophysical Union scientific meeting in San Francisco Monday.

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