16:22 A Chinese SOE will take a 72% stake in Mataura Valley Milk in exchange for funding a $200-million milk powder manufacturing plant near Gore.

16:21 A body has been discovered inside a property gutted by fire in Woolston, Christchurch yesterday morning.

16:21 Wrongly jailed for over 20 years, Teina Pora is heading back to court to try to get his compensation package adjusted for inflation.

16:18 Opposition parties blast Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett - just 12 families have been lured out of Auckland by the $5,000 subsidy.

13:30 A worst-case scenario action plan is being devised for when the Alpine Fault goes.

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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