16:13 New Zealander John Gilbert has won an Oscar in the Film Editing category for his work on "Hacksaw Ridge" - a film directed by Mel Gibson.

16:12 Viola Davis has won her third Oscar, this time for her role in the film "Fences." She has taken out the category for Best Supporting Actress.

16:11 Police have named a man killed by officers north of Wellington yesterday as 44 year old Porirua man, Christopher Wayne Brown.

16:09 Two people have died, and five have been injured, on a stretch of the Coastal Highway, near Nelson.

15:54 Easter Sunday trading will go ahead in Rotorua after 17 years of campaigning. The Rotorua Lakes Council passed the decision this morning.

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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