15:16 A new study on rugby concussions failed to deliver any definitive findings but World Rugby is happy it has learnt more during the process.

15:13 When Blessie Gotingco's rapist and murderer, Tony Robertson was 18, he abducted a five year old girl off a Tauranga street.

15:12 Diversions are in place around State Highway 30 at Horohoro, near Rotorua following a fatal crash between a truck and car.

15:10 Taxpayers will end up footing the bill if the Trans Pacific Partnership extends patents for medicines but the PM is wavering on how much.

15:05 The Serco saga has taken a new twist with a former guard and three Mt Eden Prison inmates caught in a police sting targetting the Head Hunters gang.

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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