21:13 Al Gore has kicked off a climate change-focused Sundance Film Festival with the premiere of "An Inconvenient Sequel" in Park City, Utah.

20:41 At least two people are dead after a car crushed on impact with a tree in Pukekohe.

16:51 A man has been arrested after up to 12 people were mown down by a car and gunshots were fired on Bourke St. in Melbourne.

16:23 Conditions are so soggy on the West Coast that the Westland A & P show has had to be cancelled, for the first time in almost 50 years.

16:22 Police are searching for gang members who threatened a man with a shotgun in front of his child in Whakatane on Tuesday.

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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