21:42 Blankets are being dished out to the thousands stranded at Wellington airport by fog after more than 40 flights were cancelled or diverted today.

21:42 In a bid to help make New Zealand smokefree by 2025 the government has offered smokers a healthier option by legalising nicotine e-cigarettes.

17:13 Insurance levies are set to rise. It will be paid by everyone who has house and contents insurance, to help fund the Fire Service.

17:10 Chinese national Peng Wang has been found guilty of crashing into a horse in 2016, and seriously injuring its rider, Karen Rutherford.

17:09 Flights in and out of Wellington have been grounded for the rest of the evening. Thick fog blanketed the capital this morning, and has not let up.

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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