10:57 Bigger, better and gayer than ever. That's how organisers are describing today's Big Gay Out event expected to draw 12,000 people to Auckland today

10:56 The New Zealand RSA is dumbfounded about Australia's decision to scrap an ANZAC service at Gallipoli.

10:04 Another morning of hard yakka is looming on that flat Basin Reserve pitch for the jaded BlackCaps, as Adam Voges and the Aussies resume at 463/6.

10:04 An Arctic blast has hit Britain with temperatures set to plunge to as low as minus 11 degrees

09:17 Police are urging parents to talk to their children about stranger danger, after the alleged abduction of a young girl on Friday.

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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