06:43 Hungarians are coming out in force across NZ today to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Hungarian Uprising.

06:42 There are reports of mass executions in the Iraqi city of Mosul. An Iraqi intelligence source says fleeing ISIS fighters shot and killed 284 men & bo

06:31 Police have confirmed that a child who died at Piha in Auckland yesterday didn't drown.

06:30 Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has launched a bizarre rant following last night's 37-10 loss to the All Blacks at Eden Park.

06:29 One person has died and another has been taken to hospital with moderate injuries following a quad bike accident at Kuratau near Taupo.

Fri, 03 Aug 2012

Mars Rover "Curiosity" landing explained

Come Monday there may be an amazing new robotic explorer on Mars or there may be a new pile of junk. It all likely depends on many things going correctly in the minutes after the Mars Science Laboratory mission arrives at Mars and attempts to deploy the Curiosity rover from orbit. These "Seven Minutes of Terror" -- depicted in the above dramatic video -- will begin on Monday, August 6 at about 5:24 am Universal time. If successful, the car-sized Curiosity rover will rest on the surface of Mars, soon to begin exploring Gale Crater.

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