At the tip of Mahia peninsula is the world's newest rocket launching facility. Rocket Lab are aiming for outer space with an eye on payloads to the moon and could be up in the air as soon as December.
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The US research ship, Marcus Langseth berthed in Napier after completing research on the Hikurangi subduction zone off Gisborne. She tows long chains of floating acoustic receivers which catch seismic reflections off the ocean floor.