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(click to view the full-size image) This oblique view of the lower mound in Gale Crater shows layers of rock that preserve a record of environments on Mars. Here, orbiting instruments have detected signatures of both clay minerals and sulfate salts, with more clay minerals apparent in the foreground of this image and fewer in higher layers. This change in mineralogy may reflect a change in the ancient environment in Gale Crater. Mars scientists have several important hypotheses about how these minerals may reflect changes in the amount of water on the surface of Mars. The Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, will use its full suite of instruments to study these minerals to provide insights into these ancient Martian environments. These rocks are also a prime target in the search for organic molecules since these past environments may have been habitable -- able to support microbial life. Scientists will study how organic molecules, if present, vary with mineralogical variations in the layers to understand how they formed and what influences their preservation. The smaller hills in this view may provide clues to the modern water cycle on Mars. They contain sulfate salts that have water in them, and as temperatures warm into summer, some of that water may be released to the atmosphere. As temperatures cool, they may absorb water from the atmosphere. The Mars Science Laboratory team will investigate how water is exchanged between these minerals and the atmosphere, helping us understand Mars' modern climate. The hills are particularly useful for this investigation because different parts of the hills are exposed to different amounts of sunlight and thus to different temperatures. Curiosity will be able to compare the water in these contrasting areas as part of its investigations. This three-dimensional perspective view was created using visible-light imaging by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and the High Resolution Stereo Camera on the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter. Three-dimensional information was derived by stereo analysis of image pairs. The vertical dimension is not exaggerated. Color information is derived from color imaging of portions of the scene by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera. The Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft is being prepared for launch on Nov. 25, 2011. In a prime mission lasting one Martian year -- nearly two Earth years -- after landing, researchers will use the rover's tools to study whether the landing region has had environmental conditions favorable for supporting microbial life and for preserving clues about whether life existed. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona (More at NASA Picture Of The Day)
Title: The Fall Guy Tagline: Fall hard. Genre: Action, Comedy Director: David Leitch Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emily Blunt, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Hannah Waddingham, Teresa Palmer, Stephanie Hsu, Winston Duke, Ben Knight, Matuse Paz, Adam Dunn, Zara Michales, Ioane Sa'ula, Gregory J. Fryer, Madeleine Wilson, Kalkidan China, Angela Nica Sullen, Di Smith, Megan O'Connell, Jack Doherty, Tony Lynch, Georgia Nottage, David Collins, Semu Filipo, Andrew Owen, Dan Reardon, Marky Lee Campbell, Chris Matheson, Nathan Langworthy, Tim Franklin, Scott Johnson, Beth Champion, Emily Havea, Lawrence Ola, Cassandra Sorrell, Ben Gerrard, Diego Retamales, Simon McLachlan, Alex Lee, Andrew Ryan, Lee Majors, Heather Thomas, Jason Momoa, Daniel Nelson, Charlotte Wood, Madeleine Jones, Theodore Avery, Nova Onas, Nathan Bates, Shakriya Tarinyawat, Luisa Mariano, Tahlia Crinis, Martin Cohen, Georgia Willett, Yoji Tatsuta Release: 2024-04-24 Runtime: 126 Plot: Fresh off an almost career-ending accident, stuntman Colt Seavers has to track down a missing movie star, solve a conspiracy and try to win back the love of his life while still doing his day job.
Title: The Flash (2022) Genre: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Drama Director: Andy Muschietti Cast: Ezra Miller, Michael Keaton, Kiersey Clemons, Sasha Calle, Ben Affleck, Ron Livingston, Maribel Verdú, Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Rudy Mancuso, Ian Loh, Richie Lawrie Release: 2022-11-02 Plot: The Flash travels back in time to prevent the murder of his mother, an act which disrupts time significantly.
Title: The Family Plan Tagline: A thrilling road trip comedy. Genre: Action, Comedy Director: Simon Cellan Jones Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Monaghan, Maggie Q, Zoe Colletti, Van Crosby, Ciarán Hinds, Kellen Boyle, Saïd Taghmaoui, Snoop, Lateef Crowder, Miles Doleac, Jonny Coyne, Kash Abdulmalik, Joyner Lucas, Iliana Norris, Vienna Norris, Colby Burton, Al Vicente, Marcus Anderson, Ryan Homchick, Chantal Maurice, James Sharpe, Joey Mekyten, Christian Gehring, Max Bickelhaup, Thanhminh Tan Thai, Nickolas Wolf, Nolani, Tony L. Calloway, Beau Wilson, Robert Hendren, Anisa Nyell Johnson, Alexandra Pica, Dajalynn Sanchez, Savanna Gann, Sarah Jon, Bonnie Johnson, Nichele Lambert, Anthony N., Quentin Franco, Keith Sayers, Kaci Barker, Damian Lamar Lockhart, Sean Michael Weber, Olivia Healey, Adam Murray, Michael Zazarino, Jack Ha, Anthony P. Thomas, Ray Kam, Hayley Keown, Franco Castan, Valkyrae, David Conk, Denisha Gillespie, Kevin Dyer, Laura Palka, Levi Gilbert, Timothy An Release: 2023-12-14 Runtime: 118 Plot: Dan Morgan is many things: a devoted husband, a loving father, a celebrated car salesman. He's also a former assassin. And when his past catches up to his present, he's forced to take his unsuspecting family on a road trip unlike any other.