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China completes Mars lander test ahead of 2020 mission

Nov 14, 2019 - 8:19 PM

Experts say the successful landing test is key in planning the future mission

MARS LANDER. This undated handout picture released by the China National Space Administration on November 14, 2019, shows a view of an exploration lander for China's Mars mission before a hovering and obstacle avoidance test at a facility in Huailai in northern China's Hebei province. AFP PHOTO/China National Space Administration

Carpio: No need for China recognition of PH ownership in joint exploration

Oct 30, 2019 - 5:01 PM

Retired Supreme Court senior associate justice Antonio Carpio says the fact oil and gas exploration will be done through a service contract means China will be recognizing Philippine sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. Retired Supreme Court senior associate justice Antonio Carpio says the Philippines is safe with the memorandum of understading with China on oil and gas exploration in the West Philippine Sea. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Philippines, China hold first meeting on oil, gas exploration deal

Oct 30, 2019 - 1:35 PM

The official establishment of the Philippines-China intergovernmental joint steering committee brings the two countries closer to exploiting natural resources in the West Philippine Sea

OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION. The Philippines and China officially establish the inter-governmental joint steering committee on oil and gas exploration on October 28,2019 in Beijing, China. Photo by the Department of Foreign Affairs

Robredo: China ‘must first recognize’ PH ownership in joint exploration

Oct 28, 2019 - 12:49 PM

'That should be one of our most basic demands: that before we enter into a contract with them, they recognize first our ownership and our sovereignty over those [areas],' says Vice President Leni Robredo

RECOGNIZE PH OWNERSHIP FIRST. Vice President Leni Robredo continues to be wary of the proposed joint oil and gas deal between the Philippines and China. File photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Team from Russian energy firm visited Manila for oil exploration talks – envoy

Oct 22, 2019 - 5:49 PM

Russian energy giant Rosneft is ‘very interested’ in joint exploration and development of Philippine oil and gas reserves, says Ambassador Igor Khovaev

EXPLORATORY TALKS. This file photo shows President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discussing matters with Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev in Moscow, Russia, on October 4, 2019. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Carpio welcomes Russian oil exploration in West Philippine Sea

Oct 20, 2019 - 2:41 PM

Retiring Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says Manila should be also spreading out service contracts for oil exploration in the West Philippine Sea to countries other than China

STAUCH DEFENDER. Retiring Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says the Philippine should spread out partners for oil exploration in the West Philippine Sea. Rappler Screenshot

U.S. makes history with first all-female spacewalk

Oct 18, 2019 - 8:08 PM

(UPDATED) The mission was originally planned for earlier this year but had to be aborted due to a lack of properly fitting spacesuits, leading to allegations of sexism

FIRST. This undated combination photo obtained from NASA shows astronauts Christina Koch (L) and Jessica Meir. AFP PHOTO / NASA

Russia bids farewell to first man who walked in space

Oct 15, 2019 - 8:01 PM

(UPDATED) Alexei Leonov is laid to rest at a military cemetery in Mytishchi in a ceremony that includes a gun salute and a service by a Russian Orthodox priest

FAREWELL. Russian servicemen carry the coffin of late Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov during a funeral ceremony at a military cemetery in Mytishchi, outside Moscow, on October 15, 2019. Photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

Duterte fires gov't oil exploration corporation chief

Oct 15, 2019 - 3:12 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte aired his displeasure over PNOC-EC chief Pedro Aquino Jr during a Cabinet meeting on October 11

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with some members of the cabinet prior to the start of the 42nd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on October 11, 2019. Malacañang Photo

First man to conduct spacewalk, Alexei Leonov, dies

Oct 11, 2019 - 7:44 PM

Russian space agency Roscosmos says it is saddened to announce the death of 'cosmonaut No 11' who was twice decorated with the country's top honor, the Hero of the Soviet Union

'SPACEWALKER.' In this file photo taken on April 11, 2017 Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) speaks with cosmonautics veteran Alexei Leonov during a screening of the film 'The Spacewalker' in Moscow. File photo by Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik/AFP

First Arab on ISS returns to Earth

Oct 03, 2019 - 6:17 PM

(UPDATED) Although Hazzaa al-Mansoori's mission was short – 8 days in total – it has been the source of great pride in the UAE, a newcomer to the world of space with ambitions to send an unmanned probe to orbit Mars by 2021

SAFE. In this image released by NASA, Russian space agency rescue team members and United Arab Emirates (UAE) specialists carry UAE astronaut Hazzaa al-Mansoori shortly after the landing of the Russian Soyuz MS-12 space capsule about 150kms (90 miles) southeast of the Kazakh town of Dzhezkazgan on October 3, 2019. AFP PHOTO / NASA / Bill INGALLS

Rocket carrying Emirati, Russian, American blasts off for ISS

Sep 25, 2019 - 11:00 PM

Hazzaa al-Mansoori of the United Arab Emirates will spend 8 days on the ISS and will be the first Emirati and the first Arab on the orbiting laboratory

CHEERS. People at Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre in Dubai gesture and wave Emirati national flags as they watch screens showing a Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft lifting off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The spacecraft carries 35-year-old Emirati astronaut Hazzaa al-Mansoori, who will spend 8 days aboard the International Space Station. Photo by Karim Sahib /AFP

De Lima: Duterte to ‘leave a generation of beggars’ after oil deal with China

Sep 15, 2019 - 12:46 PM

Senator Leila de Lima hits the 'gall of the President to even think of setting aside our legal victory at The Hague' in favor of the joint exploration deal with China in the West Philippine Sea

'THE GALL OF DUTERTE.' Senator Leila de Lima slams President Rodrigo Duterte over the joint exploration deal with China in the West Philippine Sea. Photo from Office of Senator Leila de Lima.

Robredo hits Duterte's 'shameful' sellout to China over oil, gas deal

Sep 12, 2019 - 2:47 PM

'Why are the President and his administration the very ones who undermine our decisive victory before the arbitral tribunal in 2016 with remarks such as this?' asks Vice President Leni Robredo

ASSERTING PH RIGHTS. Vice President Leni Robredo slams President Rodrigo Duterte for once again downplaying the Philippines' arbitral victory against Chia over the West Philippine Sea. File photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Del Rosario warns Duterte over 'ignoring' arbitral ruling in joint exploration with China

Sep 11, 2019 - 10:33 PM

Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario says the Duterte government has a choice not to set aside the historic ruling as a service contract arrangement would remain faithful to both the Constitution and the ruling

PH-CHINA TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte and People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping discuss matters during the bilateral meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on August 29, 2019. Malacañang photo

Locsin says arbitral ruling 'unnecessary' in joint exploration with China

Sep 11, 2019 - 3:52 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says this is because the memorandum of understanding is clear the venture will be done without prejudice to Manila and Beijing's claims in the West Philippine Sea

TOP DIPLOMATS. In this file photo, Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr (L) and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) arrive for a press conference at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on March 20, 2019. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Duterte 'ignoring' arbitral ruling to make way for joint exploration

Sep 10, 2019 - 9:46 PM

After repeatedly saying he will assert the Hague ruling before China, President Rodrigo Duterte says the landmark decision can be ignored

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping pose for posterity prior to the start of the bilateral meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on August 29, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Europa: There may be life on Jupiter's moon and two new missions will pave the way for finding it

Aug 31, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Europa is thought to be able to harbor simple, microbial life in its liquid, internal ocean beneath its icy surface

Europa, Jupiter's moon. Image from NASA

Philippines, China form groups to implement oil, gas exploration deal

Aug 30, 2019 - 8:57 AM

(UPDATED) The creation of the groups brings the two countries one step closer to implementing contracts on exploiting natural resources in the West Philippine Sea

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping discuss matters during the bilateral meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on August 29, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Joint oil, gas exploration deals to abide by both PH, Chinese laws – Sta Romana

Aug 29, 2019 - 2:46 PM

The Chinese are willing to be 'flexible' and 'pragmatic' as the two countries thresh out cooperation agreements on exploiting the resource-rich West Philippine Sea, says the Philippine envoy to China

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte receives a warm welcome from Philippine Ambassador to the People's Republic of China Jose Sta. Romana upon his arrival at the Beijing Capital International Airport in the People's Republic of China on August 28, 2019. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Japan's Hayabusa2 probe makes second touchdown on asteroid

Jul 11, 2019 - 2:02 PM

The touchdown is greeted with cheering and applause in the JAXA mission control room, with officials grinning and shaking hands

TEAM EFFORT. This handout photograph taken and released by the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on July 11, 2019 shows researchers and employees celebrating after receiving confirmation of Hayabusa2's touchdown on the asteroid Ryugu. Photo by Yutaka Ijima/ISAS-JAXA/AFP

Japan's asteroid probe Hayabusa2 set for final touchdown

Jul 10, 2019 - 2:20 PM

JAXA says the probe had descended around 5 kilometers and is on track to touchdown Thursday on the Ryugu asteroid, some 300 million kilometers from Earth

HARD AT WORK. This handout photograph taken and released by the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on July 10, 2019, shows researchers and employees working at a control room for the Hayabusa2 mission in Sagamihara city, Kanagawa prefecture. Photo by Yutaka Ijima/ISAS-JAXA/AFP

WATCH: It's one puzzle after another in the 'Dora and the Lost City of Gold' trailer

Jul 10, 2019 - 11:22 AM

Dora goes on adventures – both in the jungle and in the halls of her high school

DORA. The live action movie hits theaters in August. Still courtesy of Columbia Pictures

Virgin Galactic seeks space tourism boost with market launch

Jul 09, 2019 - 4:11 PM

(UPDATED) 'By embarking on this new chapter...we can open space to more investors and in doing so, open space to thousands of new astronauts,' says Richard Branson

RICHARD BRANSON. Virgin Galactic founder Sir Richard Branson speaks during a ceremony at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, on February 7, 2019. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

NASA tests launch-abort system for moon-mission capsule

Jul 02, 2019 - 11:37 PM

The exercise aims to test in almost real-life conditions the evacuation of astronauts from the Orion capsule in the event of an explosion or other problem shortly after launch of the rocket taking them into space

TEST. This NASA photo obtained July 2, 2019 shows Ascent Abort-2 successfully launched at 7 am EDT from Space Launch Complex 46 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. AFP PHOTO /NASA/HANDOUT

NASA's Curiosity rover finds new methane spike on Mars

Jun 24, 2019 - 11:58 PM

'With our current measurements, we have no way of telling if the methane source is biology or geology, or even ancient or modern,' says Paul Mahaffy of NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center

India unveils spacecraft for moon-landing mission

Jun 12, 2019 - 11:06 PM

The mission is India's second to the moon, and if successful, it would put the nation in the league of the US, the former Soviet Union, and China

SECOND MISSION. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientists work on the orbiter vehicle of 'Chandrayaan-2', India's first moon lander and rover mission planned and developed by the ISRO, in Bangalore on June 12, 2019. Photo by Manjunath Kiran/AFP

NASA to open International Space Station to tourists from 2020

Jun 07, 2019 - 10:53 PM

The missions will be for stays of up to 30 days. As many as a dozen private astronauts could visit the ISS per year, says NASA.

NASA The NASA logo is displayed at the agency's booth during CES 2018 at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 11, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. File photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

China conducts first sea-based space rocket launch

Jun 05, 2019 - 8:03 PM

The Asian giant now spends more than Russia and Japan on its civil and military space programs – unveiling ambitious plans for missions to the moon and beyond in the coming decade

LONG MARCH. Mockups of the New Generation Launch Vehicles of Long March Family are on display during the 12th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition. Image via Shutterstock

Duterte EO removes obstacle to oil exploration deal with China firm

May 30, 2019 - 12:25 PM

With Executive Order No. 80, public bidding is no longer required for PNOC Exploration Corporation to tap firms hoping to participate in its petroleum service contracts

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on April 8, 2019. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

NASA unveils schedule for 'Artemis' 2024 Moon mission

May 24, 2019 - 11:49 AM

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine confirms that Artemis 1 will be an uncrewed mission around the Moon planned for 2020

NASA. Administrator James Bridenstine testifies during a hearing before the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee March 27, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. File photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Lack of tenure, proper gear take toll on Mindoro's tamaraw rangers

May 01, 2019 - 8:48 PM

(UPDATED) These rangers have devoted their lives to protecting the tamaraws despite lack of tenure, lack of proper tools and gear, and the dangers that come with the job

PROTECTION. Tamaraws are not only endemic in the Philippines but also critically endangered. Photo from D'Aboville Foundation

Japan creates first artificial crater on asteroid

Apr 26, 2019 - 9:32 AM

The Hayabusa2 probe fires an explosive device at the Ryugu asteroid early this month to blast a crater in the surface and scoop up material, aiming to reveal more about the origins of life on Earth

This handout photograph received from the Hayabusa2 spacecraft and made available by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on March 6, 2019 shows stone and sand after bullets were fired into the surface to collect data by the Hayabusa2 spacecraft after landing on the asteroid Ryugu. Hayabusa2, the Japanese probe sent to examine an asteroid 300 million kilometres from the Earth for clues about the origin of life and the solar system, landed successfully on February 22, scientists said. JAXA / AFP

China to launch asteroid probe, calls for partners

Apr 18, 2019 - 7:57 PM

The 10-year mission will involve a probe sent to a near-Earth asteroid to collect samples, says Liu Jizhong, head of China's Exploration and Space Engineering Center

NEXT FOR CHINA. A Long March 3B rocket lifts off from the Xichang launch center in Xichang in China's southwestern Sichuan province early on December 8, 2018. China now spends more on its civil and military space programs than do Russia and Japan, and is second only to the United States. File photo by STR/AFP

WATCH: Adventure awaits Dora in 'Lost City of Gold'

Mar 25, 2019 - 1:32 PM

Dora is all grown up!

Moon shot: Toyota, Japan space agency plan lunar mission

Mar 06, 2019 - 3:17 PM

It will be the car manufacturer's first full-fledged entry into space exploration, after the company jointly developed a small robot sent to the International Space Station

Touchdown: Japan probe Hayabusa2 lands on distant asteroid

Feb 22, 2019 - 9:34 AM

(UPDATED) 'We made a successful touchdown, including firing a bullet' into the Ryugu asteroid, says Yuichi Tsuda, Hayabusa2 project manager

FALCON. An artists rendition of Hayabusa2, or Falcon in Japanese. Photo from Go Miyazaki under CC license

Mission complete: NASA announces demise of Opportunity rover

Feb 14, 2019 - 10:28 AM

'There was silence. There were tears. There were hugs. There were memories and laughs shared. #ThankYouOppy #GoodnightOppy.'

A self-portrait of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity taken by the rover's panoramic camera (Pancam) in late March 2014 shows effects of recent winds removing much of the dust from the rover's solar arrays. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State Univ.

New Mars rover named after DNA pioneer Rosalind Franklin

Feb 07, 2019 - 11:31 PM

Cambridge-educated Franklin 'helped us understand life on Earth and now her namesake will do the same on Mars,' says UK Science Minister Chris Skidmore

NEW MARS ROVER. A picture shows a working prototype of the newly named Rosalind Franklin ExoMars rover at the Airbus Defense and Space facility in Stevenage, north of London on February 7, 2019. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Japan satellite blasts into space to deliver artificial meteors

Jan 18, 2019 - 5:34 PM

A start-up based in Tokyo says it developed the micro-satellite for a celestial show over Hiroshima early next year which it calls a 'shooting stars on demand'

BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK, UT - AUGUST 13: A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky above the hoodoos named Thor's Hammer (L) and the Three Sisters (R) early on August 13, 2016 in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah. The annual display, known as the Perseid shower because the meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Perseus in the northeastern sky, is a result of Earth's orbit passing through debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Saturn's rings are younger than the planet itself

Jan 18, 2019 - 9:44 AM

The sixth planet from the Sun formed about 4.5 billion years ago, along with the rest of the planets in our solar system, and spent the bulk of its existence without the characteristic rings it is known for today

SATURN'S RINGS. This October 28, 2016 NASA file photo shows one of the last full views of Saturn by the Cassini spacecraft acquired at a distance of approximately 870,000 miles (1.4 million kilometers). AFP PHOTO / NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

'Repeating' radio waves from deep space baffle scientists

Jan 10, 2019 - 10:45 AM

What corner of the universe these powerful waves come from and the forces that produced them remain unknown

CHIME file photo from Wikipedia

In space, the U.S. sees a rival in China

Jan 06, 2019 - 9:33 AM

China launches more rockets into space than any other country, with 39 last year compared to 31 by the US, 20 by Russia, and 8 by Europe

SPACE RACE. his file picture taken early on December 8, 2018 shows a Long March 3B rocket, transporting the Chang'e-4 lunar rover, lifting off from the Xichang launch center in Xichang in China's southwestern Sichuan province. Photo by STR/AFPChina OUT

Will China's moon landing launch a new space race?

Jan 05, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Because of the secrecy that surrounds many aspects of the Chinese space program, its exact capabilities are unknown. However, the program is likely on par with its counterparts.

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China lands probe on far side of moon – state TV

Jan 03, 2019 - 12:45 PM

The probe lands at 10:26 am Beijing time and relays a photo of the 'dark side' of the moon to the Queqiao satellite, which will relay communications between controllers on Earth and the far side of the moon

CHANG’E-4. China's Chang'e-4 lunar rover lands on the far side of the moon on January 3, 2019, the first probe to do so, state broadcaster CCTV reported. File photo by STR/AFP

NASA says faraway world Ultima Thule shaped like 'snowman'

Jan 03, 2019 - 9:24 AM

The first detailed images allow scientists to confidently determine the body was formed when two spheres, or 'lobes,' slowly gravitated towards each other until they stuck together – a major scientific discovery

ULTIMA THULE. This handout image released January 2, 2019 by NASA, the first color image of Ultima Thule, taken at a distance of 85,000 miles (137,000 kilometers) at 4:08 Universal Time on January 1, 2019, highlights its reddish surface. AFP PHOTO / NASA / Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory / Southwest Research Institute

When you look up, how far back in time do you see?

Jan 01, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Without really trying, you can see years into the past. And with the aid of a telescope you can see millions or even billions of years into the past with your very own eyes.

Distant stars above the ruins of Sherborne Old Castle, in the UK. Flickr/Rich Grundy, CC BY-NC

NASA spaceship closes in on distant world

Dec 29, 2018 - 9:15 AM

The historic flyby to Ultima Thule, the most distant world ever studied, is set to 'take us back 4 and a half billion years to the birth of the solar system'

BEAMING UP. Artist's impression of the New Horizons probe sending data towards the Earth. File Photo by NASA

India to send three-person crew on landmark space mission

Dec 28, 2018 - 9:21 PM

The 3-member crew is set to be India's first manned mission to space

SPACE EXPLORATION. India invests more into its space programs in the past decade. File Photo by Arun Sankar/AFP

[OPINION] DFA foils oil exploration with China – for now

Dec 27, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr emaciates Beijing's MOU to start joint development by making it an 'agreement to negotiate'