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Japanese billionaire businessman revealed as SpaceX's first Moon traveler

Sep 18, 2018 - 11:03 AM

(UPDATED) Japanese billionaire and online fashion tycoon, Yusaku Maezawa, says he wants to bring along 6 to 8 artists when he flies around the moon in 2023

TO THE MOON. This artist's illustration courtesy of SpaceX obtained September 17, 2018, shows the SpaceX BFR(Big Falcon Rocket) rocket passenger spacecraft.  Handout/SPACEX/AFP

NASA counts down to launch of laser study of ice sheets

Sep 15, 2018 - 5:48 PM

The ICESat-2 mission uses advanced lasers to uncover the true depth of the Earth's melting ice sheets and how this affects sea level rise

RECORD MELTING. An aerial view made available by The Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) field campaign team, flying NASA's G-III aircraft over Greenland at about 40,000 feet on March 26, 2016. Photo by NASA/EPA

Why NASA's next rockets might say Budweiser on the side

Sep 11, 2018 - 12:11 PM

NASA's administrator Jim Bridenstine wants to try boosting its brand by selling naming rights to rockets and spacecraft and allowing its astronauts to appear in commercials and on cereal boxes

SOLAR PROBE. The United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket payload fairing is seen with the NASA and Parker Solar Probe emblems, at Launch Complex 37, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida on August 8, 2018. Photo by AFP/NASA/Bill Ingalls


Russia says space station leak could be deliberate sabotage

Sep 04, 2018 - 9:30 PM

Space agency chief Dmitry Rogozin says the hole detected last Thursday in a Russian space craft docked at the orbiting station was caused by a drill and could have been done deliberately, either back on Earth or by astronauts in space

SPACE STATION. This NASA TV frame grab shows a pair of US astronauts as they began a spacewalk outside the International Space Station on May 16, 2018 to swap and check on two external cooling boxes, nicknamed "Leaky" and "Frosty. File photo by NASA TV/AFP

NASA spacecraft approaches asteroid, snaps first pic

Aug 25, 2018 - 12:34 PM

The first, blurry images of Bennu were taken on August 17 at a distance of 1.4 million miles (2.3 million kilometers) from the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft

1st satellite to measure global winds set for launch

Aug 19, 2018 - 11:30 AM

The European Space Agency's Aeolus mission aims to improve short-term weather forecasting and understanding of man-made climate change

SATELLITE LAUNCH. The European Space Agency's Aeolus satellite will map the Earth's wind patterns. Photo courtesy of the ESA Multimedia Gallery

India to send manned mission to space by 2022 – Modi

Aug 15, 2018 - 1:21 PM

Stepping up its rivalry with China, India has invested heavily in its space program in the past decade

SPACE EXPLORATION. Prime Minister Narendra Modi says India will send a manned mission into space by 2022. File photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Blend of novices, veterans to fly on 1st private U.S. spaceships

Aug 04, 2018 - 11:22 AM

Nine astronauts will be flying from US soil to space for the first time since 2011

Space experts worry U.S. won't make it to Mars by 2030s

Jul 26, 2018 - 4:11 PM

Senator Bill Nelson says the White House decision to return to the Moon – a program former president Barack Obama halted in order to focus on reaching Mars – could drag down the whole process

RED PLANET. This computer-generated image depicts part of Mars at the boundary between darkness and daylight, with an area including Gale Crater, beginning to catch morning light. NASA/JPL-Caltech

First lake of liquid water is discovered on Mars

Jul 25, 2018 - 10:48 PM

Located under a layer of Martian ice, the lake is about 12 miles (20 kilometers) wide, says the report led by Italian researchers in the US journal Science

MARS. NASA handout image obtained July 1, 2017 from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows Gorgonum Basin, one of several large basins within the Terra Sirenum region of Mars. Handout photo by NASA/AFP

First space tourist flights could come in 2019

Jul 16, 2018 - 2:10 PM

Got $250,000? Virgin Atlantic, one of the companies paving the way for space tourism, can take you to space for that price

SPACE JET. This May 29, 2018 handout photograph obtained courtesy of Virgin Galactic shows the Virgin Spaceship (VSS) Unity.  The two companies leading the pack in the pursuit of space tourism say they are just months away from their first out-of-this-world passenger flights – though neither has set a firm date. Virgin Galactic, founded by British billionaire Richard Branson, and Blue Origin, by Amazon creator Jeff Bezos, are racing to be the first to finish their tests – with both companies using radically different technology. AFP Photo/Virgin Galactic


Method of making oxygen from water in zero gravity raises hope for long-distance space travel

Jul 14, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Thanks to a new study, we are a step closer to long-duration human spaceflight

SPACE TRAVEL. Artist’s rendering of a Mars artificial gravity transfer vehicle. Image from NASA

Boeing, SpaceX unlikely to make manned flights to ISS in 2019

Jul 13, 2018 - 3:39 PM

The independent Government Accountability Office says neither company is expected to be ready to carry out manned flights by November 2019 because of various delays in certifying their programs

THE ISS. The International Space Station (ISS) as photographed from the space shuttle Endeavour on May 29, 2011. Image courtesy of NASA

Ways to spruce up a small space

Jul 06, 2018 - 2:14 PM

No idea how to decorate your home or apartment?

Philippines launches 1st CubeSat into space

Jun 29, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Maya-1 belongs to the family of satellites produced by the Philippine Scientific Earth Observation Microsatellite or PHL-Microsat, and developed by Two Filipino graduate students in Japan

LAUNCH. The Department of Science and Technology-Advanced Science and Technology Institute streams from UP Diliman the launch of Maya-1 into space on June 29, 2018.

The rockets that are pushing the boundaries of space travel

Jun 27, 2018 - 3:26 PM

Today, NASA is so dependent on the private sector that the US space agency has signed contracts with SpaceX and Boeing to send astronauts to space beginning next year, as soon as their capsules are ready

Russia warns against Trump's 'alarming' plans for U.S. space domination

Jun 20, 2018 - 8:52 PM

The Russian foreign ministry warns that the US is 'nurturing plans to bring out weapons into space with the aim of possibly staging military action there.'

CONCERNED. File photo shows Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova speaking to the media in Moscow. Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Trump wants to dominate space, Moon and Mars

Jun 20, 2018 - 11:52 AM

'America will always be the first in space,' Trump says during a speech at the White House. 'We don't want China and Russia and other countries leading us. We've always led,' he adds.

SPACE FORCE.  In this file photo, US President Donald Trump looks on during a rally in Elkhart, Indiana on May 10, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Hawking's voice to be beamed into space during memorial

Jun 15, 2018 - 1:40 PM

As the ashes of the British theoretical physicist are interred, a specially-written composition featuring his famous synthesized voice will be beamed into space by the European Space Agency

HAWKING, REMEMBERED. In this file photo taken on August 29, 2012 British scientist Stephen Hawking appears during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in east London. File photo by Leon Neal/AFP

SpaceX delays plans to send tourists around Moon – report

Jun 05, 2018 - 11:05 AM

'A new timetable for the flight – now postponed until at least mid-2019 and likely longer – hasn't been released,' reports The Wall Street Journal

SPACEX. The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rests on Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on February 5, 2018, ahead of its demonstration mission. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

U.S. spacewalkers to swap, check coolers 'Leaky' and 'Frosty'

May 16, 2018 - 11:11 PM

Since they operate using highly toxic ammonia, the spacewalkers must take utmost care not to get any on their suits

SPACEWALK. This NASA TV frame grab shows a pair of US astronauts as they began a spacewalk outside the International Space Station on May 16, 2018 to swap and check on two external cooling boxes, nicknamed "Leaky" and "Frosty. Handout / NASA TV / AFP

SpaceX postpones next-gen rocket launch

May 11, 2018 - 5:30 PM

The rocket's main goal for its maiden mission is to propel the first high-orbit communications satellite for Bangladesh, called Bangabandhu Satellite-1

SPACE X. In this file photo, Space X's Falcon 9 rocket is prepared for a launch to the International Space Station February 17, 2017 at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida on LC39A, one of the renovated Space Shuttle launch pads that SpaceX leases from NASA. File photo by Bruce Weaver/AFP PHOTO

NASA program to track greenhouse gas is canceled

May 11, 2018 - 1:00 PM

'Now, President Donald Trump's administration has quietly killed the CMS,' a report says, describing the move as the latest in a 'broad attack on climate science' mounted by the White House

NASA's newest Mars lander to study quakes on Red Planet

May 04, 2018 - 2:49 PM

Since the Earth and Mars were likely formed by similar processes 4.5 billion years ago, the US space agency hopes the lander will shed light on what made them so different

INSIGHT. NASA is set to launch its first lander to Mars since 2012. InSight aims to listen for quakes and unravel the mystery of how rocky planets like Earth form. Photo from NASA's Flickr account

Scientists shocked as NASA cuts only moon rover

Apr 28, 2018 - 11:04 AM

The Resource Prospector is the only robotic vehicle under development to explore the Moon's surface

U.S. Senate narrowly confirms Trump's new NASA chief

Apr 20, 2018 - 2:18 PM

Jim Bridenstine has expressed an interest in returning humans back to the moon, has spoken of closer ties between NASA and the commercial space industry, and has voiced skepticism about human-caused climate change

NASA. Jim Bridenstine, a congressman from Oklahoma, will become the 13th administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration 7 months after US President Donald Trump named him to lead the agency. File photo from Bridenstine's Facebook page

SpaceX blasts off NASA's new planet-hunter, TESS

Apr 19, 2018 - 8:50 AM

The washing machine-sized spacecraft is built to search outside the solar system, scanning the nearest, brightest stars for signs of periodic dimming

NASA'S TESS. In this file photo taken on April 11, 2018 obtained from NASA, technicians assist as the SpaceX payload fairing containing the NASA'€™s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is moved by crane to a transporter inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA'€™s Kennedy Space Center, Florida. File photo by Kim Shiflett/NASA/AFP

'Lost in Space': A family drama drenched in science fiction

Apr 16, 2018 - 8:55 PM

'Lost in Space' is beautiful tale of compassion, survival and strength of the human spirit. It has heart

LOST IN SPACE

'Lost in Space': Set in another galaxy, but grounded in reality

Apr 12, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Netflix's 'Lost in Space' isn't your typical sci-fi flick

LOST IN SPACE

SpaceX launches cargo to space station using recycled rocket, spaceship

Apr 03, 2018 - 4:18 PM

The effort is part of SpaceX's mission to lower the cost of space flight by re-using costly, multimillion-dollar components that typically have been discarded into the ocean after each launch

SPACEX. This image still obtained from NASA video shows the liftoff of the recycled Falcon 9 rocket and unmanned Dragon cargo ship on April 2, 2018, from Cape Canaveral, Florida. AFP PHOTO / NASA TV

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 2, 2018

Apr 02, 2018 - 10:22 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Monday

EASTER VIGIL. Pope Francis holds the Paschal candle during the Easter Vigil at St Peter's Basilica on March 31, 2018, at the Vatican. Photo by AFP

Defunct Chinese space lab plunges back to Earth over Pacific

Apr 02, 2018 - 9:42 AM

The Tiangong-1 'mostly' burns up above the vast ocean's central region at 8:15 am (0015 GMT), China's Manned Space Engineering Office says, moments after predicting a slightly later re-entry over the Atlantic

TIANGONG-1. This photo of the giant screen at the Jiuquan Space Centre shows the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft preparing to link with the Tiangong-1 module just over a week into a manned space mission which includes China's first female astronaut, following an automatic docking, on June 24, 2012. File photo by Jiuquan Space Centre/AFP

'Out of control' space lab to become celestial fireball on April 2 – China

Apr 01, 2018 - 5:14 PM

The Tiangong-1 is expected to make an uncontrolled earthbound plunge on Monday, April 2, but Chinese authorities say there is 'no need for people to worry'

Chinese technicians at the Jiuquan Space Centre monitor the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft as it prepares to link with the Tiangong-1 module just over a week into a manned space mission which includes China's first female astronaut, following an automatic docking, on June 24, 2012. The Chinese spacecraft on June 24 successfully completed the country's first manual docking in orbit, a milestone in an ambitious programme to build a space station by the end of the decade. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO / AFP PHOTO / STR

The week in photos: March 24-30, 2018

Mar 31, 2018 - 4:44 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Catholic faithful carry the image of the "Jesus of the Great Power" during a procession on Holy Week, at La Merced church in Granada, some 48 kilometres from Managua, on March 27, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / INTI OCON

China says Earth-bound space lab to offer 'splendid' show

Mar 30, 2018 - 10:23 PM

Such falling spacecraft do 'not crash into the Earth fiercely like in sci-fi movies, but turn into a splendid (meteor shower) and move across the beautiful starry sky as they race towards the Earth,' China Manned Space Engineering Office says

NASA pushes back giant space telescope launch to 2020

Mar 28, 2018 - 2:08 PM

The James Webb Space Telescope will be the most powerful ever built and is to be deployed on a mission to give astronomers an unprecedented glimpse at the first galaxies that formed in the early universe

DELAYED. This NASA file photo released on May 16, 2017 shows the primary mirror of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope inside a cleanroom at NASA'€™s Johnson Space Center in Houston,Texas. File photo by Chris Gunn/NASA/AFP

The week in photos: March 17-23, 2018

Mar 24, 2018 - 12:49 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A refugee child participates in an anti-racist demonstration in Athens on March 17, 2018, marking as well two-years of the EU-Turkey deal and the closing of the borders. The banner reads' fight fortess Europe'. Refugees and solidarity groups condemned the new shipwreck off Agathonissi island earlier today, where 16 refugees drowned. / AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI

You want parks, sidewalks, plazas? DBM has P2.5B for interested cities

Mar 15, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Interested city governments can submit conceptual designs of proposed projects, which will be evaluated by a team in June

RIVERSIDE PLAZA. A group of students hold a dance rehearsal at the entrance of the Iloilo Esplanade. File photo by Katerina Francisco/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 13, 2018

Mar 13, 2018 - 12:02 PM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn’t miss this Tuesday

A man wades through a lake at sunset in Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil on March 7, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA

SpaceX carries out 50th launch of Falcon 9 rocket

Mar 06, 2018 - 4:09 PM

The satellite weighs 6 tons and is almost the size of a city bus, making it the largest geostationary satellite that SpaceX has taken into space

SPACEX. This still image from video courtesy of SpaceX shows the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifting off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on March 6, 2018, carrying the Hispasat, a Spanish telecommunications and broadband satellite. AFP PHOTO / SPACEX

World's biggest rocket soars toward Mars after perfect launch

Feb 07, 2018 - 7:26 AM

(UPDATED) The world's most powerful rocket, SpaceX's Falcon Heavy, blasts off on its highly anticipated maiden test flight, carrying CEO Elon Musk's cherry red Tesla Roadster toward an orbit near Mars

LIFTOFF. The SpaceX Falcon Heavy takes off from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on February 6, 2018, on its demonstration mission. Jim Watson/AFP

Look up at the super blue blood full moon on January 31

Jan 29, 2018 - 4:00 PM

[The Conversation] Here's what you'll see on January 31 and why

In this file photo, a second full moon for the month of July 2015 is seen next to the dome of the US Capitol on July 31, 2015 in Washington DC, USA. NASA/Bill Ingalls

FlySpaces launches FlySpaces Passport

Jan 26, 2018 - 11:16 AM

FlySpace’s new product allows work mobility and flexibility, from solo entrepreneurs to company employees

Ariane 5 satellites in orbit but not in right location

Jan 26, 2018 - 8:52 AM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Both satellites were confirmed separated, acquired and they are on orbit,' Arianespace says in an updated statement

LIFTOFF. An Ariane 5 rocket blasts off from the Kourou Space Centre (Europe spaceport) carrying four Galileo satellites, on December 12, 2017, in Kourou, French Guiana. File photo by Jody Amiet/AFP

Will he be removed this time? CDO mayor Moreno dismissed again

Jan 03, 2018 - 6:27 PM

Oscar Moreno is also charged before the anti-graft court over over irregularities in a space rental deal in Cagayan de Oro

SUSPENDED. Reelected Mayor Oscar Moreno calls on supporters to stay calm. Rappler file photo

Russia loses contact with Angolan satellite

Dec 27, 2017 - 11:54 PM

"Energia specialists are analysing telemetry at their disposal," the company said in a statement, adding it was working to re-establish contact.

The week in photos: December 16-22, 2017

Dec 23, 2017 - 3:57 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A girl waits for her present next to a man dressed as Santa Claus during a Christmas ceremony at the Palace of the National Military Club in Bucharest on December 21, 2017. Children of the Romanian Army army personnel, who were injured or died on duty, attended a children's show and received Christmas presents. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel MIHAILESCU

2017 top science stories: Space 'visitors', smartphone addiction, and your pet dog

Dec 19, 2017 - 11:45 AM

What are the biggest stories, discoveries and ideas in science this 2017? The Mind Movers of the Mind Museum list down some of the most important ones from the past 12 months.

U.S. Defense Department admits funding secret UFO-hunting program

Dec 18, 2017 - 6:18 PM

A New York Times reports says the so-called Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program operated from 2007 to 2012 and had $22 million a year budget

'Dragon back' as cargo reaches space station

Dec 17, 2017 - 9:13 PM

It is the first time SpaceX launches both a rocket and a cargo ship that have flown before

DRAGON. SpaceX’s Dragon cargo vehicle is secured to the International Space Station, delivering over 4,800 pounds of science and supplies to crew. Photo from NASA Twitter page