17:24 Robert Dear (57) allegedly opened fire at a Colorado Springs abortion clinic. At least 3 dead. Shooter's family have expressed support for his actions

17:18 Police hunting 3 men after Sth Auckland stabbing last night. 27yr old man in hospital with serious injuries after assault, near Saloon Bar Pukekohe.

17:15 Another fire, Havelock in Marlborough. Choppers from Waikakaho blaze sent to Cullens Point. Fire started after a seagull hit a power line.

17:13 A 64 year old man killed when his ultralight plane came down shortly after taking off from an air strip near Townsville in Queensland this morning.

16:59 One person is in a critical condition and one is seriously injured after a tree fell on a van in Arthur's Pass today.

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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