23:13 Red Peak, a flag that isn't one of the final four, is gaining support on social media, with calls for it to be added to the referendum.

23:12 Austria and Germany have thrown open their borders to thousands of migrants as Hungary vows to seal its southern frontier to stem the tide.

20:10 Finland's prime minister offers to open his home to desperate European asylum seekers. This as around 4,000 refugees arrive in Austria.

20:09 Poland's Prime Minister reiterates his country can handle only 2000 refugees.

19:06 Taranaki Iwi gets 70-million- dollars and 29 culturally significant sites in treaty settlement signing.

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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