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Airbus Defence and Space to cut over 2,300 jobs

Feb 20, 2020 - 8:30 AM

Airbus is cutting Defence and Space division jobs in Germany, Spain, France, and Britain

Airbus Defence and Space executive vice president for marketing and sales Bernhard Brenner stands in front of a A350-1000 model plane at the Singapore Airshow in Singapore on February 12, 2020. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP)

[PODCAST] Making Space: Children having children

Feb 14, 2020 - 1:31 PM

What can be done about the alarming rates of adolescent pregnancies in the Philippines? We explore the topic with insights from Oxfam Pilipinas' Erika Geronimo.

Space explorers wanted: NASA seeks next generation of astronauts

Feb 12, 2020 - 5:27 PM

Requirements: A relevant Master's degree, prepared to live and work 400 kilometers above Earth on the International Space Station, and a US citizen

NEXT GENERATION. An artists rendition of a an astronaut in outer space over planet Earth. Elements of this image furnished by NASA. Shutterstock.com

[PODCAST] Making Space: Lumad schools face challenges after government-ordered closure

Feb 10, 2020 - 9:30 AM

What challenges lie ahead for indigenous children in Mindanao after the government closed down 54 Lumad schools? Rius Valle of the Save Our Schools Network give us some answers.

U.S. astronaut returns to Earth after longest mission by woman

Feb 06, 2020 - 6:14 PM

Christina Koch, a 41-year-old Michigan-born engineer, beats the previous record for a single spaceflight by a woman – 289 days, held by NASA veteran Peggy Whitson

RECORD-BREAKING. This NASA photo released on February 4, 20202 shows NASA astronaut Christina Koch during a spacewalk on January 15, 2020. AFP PHOTO/NASA/HANDOUT

[PODCAST] Making Space: Sexual harassment survivors 'fighting to fight'

Feb 06, 2020 - 1:40 PM

What is it like to take your abuser to court? This is one woman's story.

Astronauts bake first cookies in space

Jan 25, 2020 - 1:13 PM

Astronauts on the International Space Station discover a way to bake chocolate chip cookies in space, which takes at least two hours

[PODCAST] Making Space: Are your kids vaccinated?

Jan 24, 2020 - 5:06 PM

How is the Philippines dealing with outbreaks in 2020? Health reporter Janella Paris talks to researcher Vernise Tantuco about it on this episode of 'Making Space'

SpaceX to simulate astronaut ejection in final test

Jan 19, 2020 - 4:19 PM

The success of this test is essential for SpaceX and for NASA, which urgently needs to certify a spacecraft to transport its astronauts to the ISS this year

CREW DRAGON. Employees of SpaceX work on the Crew Dragon reusable spacecraft after a press conference at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California on October 10, 2019. File photo by Philip Pacheco / AFP

Building a haven for freelancers

Jan 15, 2020 - 8:00 PM

In Mastermind Hub Coworking Space, freelancers can avail of quick internet access, a virtual office, and more

[PODCAST] Making Space: Married at 14

Jan 15, 2020 - 5:52 PM

In some parts of the Philippines, children as young as 12 years old can get married. Listen as Rappler's Vernise Tantuco and Mara Cepeda explore the topic in this episode of 'Making Space.'

Wanted: Girlfriend to fly to the moon with Japanese billionaire

Jan 13, 2020 - 1:33 PM

The deadline to apply is January 17, 2020. Interested?

BOSS. Yusaku Maezawa, entrepreneur and then-chief of online fashion company Zozo and SpaceX BFR's first private passenger, poses with a miniature rocket and space helmet prior to start of a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo, October 9, 2018. (Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP)

'Space unites us': First Iranian-American astronaut reaches for stars

Jan 12, 2020 - 11:11 AM

The 36-year-old immigrant said she hoped her example might help inspire others from similar backgrounds

IRANIAN-AMERICAN. NASA astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli celebrates during astronaut graduation at Johnson Space Center in Houston Texas, on January 10, 2020. Photo by Mark Felix/AFP

Rappler Talk: Tanya Hamada on navigating PH civic space

Jan 08, 2020 - 1:55 PM

On Wednesday, January 8, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug talks to democracy activist Tanya Hamada about what the Philippines can learn from other countries in terms of utilizing civic space

Duterte appoints housing secretary, space agency chief

Jan 07, 2020 - 5:20 PM

HUDCC chief Eduardo del Rosario will head the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development while DOST's Joel Marciano Jr will lead the Philippine Space Agency

HOUSING SECRETARY. New Housing Secretary Eduardo del Rosario also serves as Marawi rehab czar. Screenshot from Rappler talk

Alien life is out there, but our theories are probably steering us away from it

Jan 04, 2020 - 9:00 AM

What we notice depends, quite heavily sometimes, on our theories, concepts, background beliefs, and prior expectations

There’s a coworking cafe hidden in this Cebu City village

Dec 29, 2019 - 11:42 AM

Murals Hostel and Coworking Space is a laid back place to get work done, or just hang out and do nothing

WORK AND CHILL. Murals is a place you can be productive or relax and do nothing. Photo from Murals Hostel and Cafe

Boeing spacecraft lands in New Mexico after mission cut short

Dec 22, 2019 - 9:42 PM

The Starliner capsule was launched Friday from Cape Canaveral, Florida, but shortly after separating from its Atlas V launch rocket, its thrusters failed to activate as planned

SAFE LANDING. The Boeing Starliner in New Mexico. Screenshot from NASA Facebook page

Cebu City passes ‘Bawal Bastos’ ordinance

Dec 21, 2019 - 6:54 PM

The Safe Streets and Public Spaces Ordinance covers acts like unwanted invitations, sexual comments or gestures, stalking, persistent telling of sexual jokes, and even intrusive gazing or leering

Glitch delays launch of Europe's exoplanet hunter

Dec 17, 2019 - 11:49 PM

CHEOPS, short for CHaracterising ExxOPlanet Satellite, will seek to better understand what exoplanets are made of – an important step in the long quest to unravel the conditions required for extraterrestrial life

Exoplanet file photo from Shutterstock

Supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy may have a friend

Dec 14, 2019 - 9:00 AM

If there is a friend there, it might be a second black hole nearby that is at least 100,000 times the mass of the Sun

An artist’s conception of two black holes entwined in a gravitational tango. NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Christopher Go

A surprisingly big black hole might have swallowed a star from the inside out, and scientists are baffled

Dec 01, 2019 - 12:32 PM

The black hole seems too big to be the product of a single star collapsing, which poses questions for our theories of how black holes form

NEW DISCOVERY. A recently discovered black hole – found by the way it makes a nearby star wobble – is hard to square with our understanding of how these dark cosmic objects form. NAOC, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Playful back-to-back exhibits by Space Encounters Gallery lets you relive your childhood

Nov 26, 2019 - 1:26 PM

Four local contemporary artists contemplate childhood through their art

ODE TO CHILDHOOD. Space Encounters Gallery's back-to-back exhibits celebrate and explore the idea of childhood. Photo courtesy of Space Encounters Gallery

Titan: First global map uncovers secrets of a potentially habitable moon of Saturn

Nov 23, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Understanding the distribution of landscapes documented in the global map is a vital step towards understanding the environments and history of this amazing world

TITAN. Titan imaged in the near infrared by the Cassini orbiter on November 13, 2015. NASA/JPL/University of Arizona/University of Idaho

If real estate developers cared for our mental health

Nov 17, 2019 - 11:00 AM

We have evolved with and in nature and thus need more than just Instagrammable brushes with it in order to live

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

WATCH: Safe spaces extend to physical, online spaces following 'Bawal Bastos' law

Nov 04, 2019 - 9:13 AM

With newly signed implementing rules and regulations, legislators and the police back the Safe Spaces Act to penalize acts of sexual harassment, especially for women and LGBTQ+

FAST FACTS: How does the Safe Spaces Act protect you?

Oct 28, 2019 - 1:55 PM

The Safe Spaces Act, now fully enforced, protects everyone from sexual harassment both in physical and online spaces, and not just by persons in authority

Hong Kong parking space sold for almost $1 million

Oct 25, 2019 - 7:22 AM

The mind-boggling sum highlights the gap in equality that has helped fuel nearly 5 months of demonstrations in the financial hub, where one in 5 people live below the poverty line

BUSINESS. A view of the corporate buildings in Hong Kong. Shutterstock.com

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

Ateneo on Safe Spaces Act: Be specific about school responsibilities

Oct 14, 2019 - 7:43 PM

The university has been under fire for its supposed failure to address complaints of sexual harassment posted anonymously by students on an online freedom wall

Gatchalian: Proof-of-parking bill can instill responsible car ownership

Oct 12, 2019 - 7:25 PM

Under the proposed bill, Metro Manila-based people who want to buy vehicles will be required to provide an affidavit stating that they are in possession of a parking space for the intended purchase

Heavy traffic was still seen on EDSA on the fourth day of the strict implementation of MMDA's yellow lane policy on Friday, August 9, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

[WATCH] The Philippines' Best Work Spaces: Aboitiz

Sep 30, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Join Jonathan Yabut as he looks for the metro's best and coolest work spaces

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

Iran confirms space center blast but slams Trump tweet

Sep 03, 2019 - 8:21 AM

Iran admits that an accident occurred at the space center and says we 'don't know why the US president would... post a satellite photo, kind of treating the subject gleefully'

This handout image obtained August 30, 2019, courtesy of Satellite image ©2019 Maxar Technologies, shows close up view of a satellite image collected at 11:12 a.m., local time, on August 29 of failed Iranian rocket launch at the Imam Khomeini Space Center in Semnan, Iran. - President Donald Trump said today that the United States had nothing to do with the apparent failure of an Iranian space rocket launch. (Photo by Handout / Satellite image ©2019 Maxar Technologies / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / SATELLITE IMAGE ©2019 MAXAR TECHNOLOGIES" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ---

U.P., DOST institute set up joint lab for space tech

Sep 01, 2019 - 1:09 PM

The new lab aims to develop a sustainable space program in the country and empower Filipino students to pursue careers in space technology

SPACE TECH. Visitors take pictures inside the full anechoic chamber of the newly opened ULyS3ES on August 31, 2019. Photo courtesy of DOST-ASTI

Trump says U.S. 'not involved' in Iranian rocket failure

Aug 31, 2019 - 1:43 PM

Trump tweets a high-resolution picture of Semnan Space Center, with annotations pointing to damaged vehicles and the launch gantry, saying it involved Iran's Safir satellite rocket

This image obtained August 30, 2019, shows a close-up view of a satellite image collected at 11:12 a.m., local time, on August 29 of failed Iranian rocket launch at the Imam Khomeini Space Center in Semnan, Iran. Handout photo of satellite image copyright of Maxar Technologies/AFP

Spacecraft carrying Russian humanoid robot docks at ISS

Aug 27, 2019 - 12:51 PM

The lifesize robot named Fedor – short for Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research – copies human movements, a key skill that allows it to help carry out tasks remotely

Co-working spaces around Metro Manila that offer a little something extra

Aug 27, 2019 - 8:45 AM

From swing seating to 3D printers, these co-working spaces offer more than just a table, an electric socket, and a hot cup of coffee

NASA investigating 1st crime committed in space – report

Aug 25, 2019 - 10:47 AM

The estranged wife of astronaut Anne McClain accuses her of identity theft and improperly accessing her wife's private financial records

THE ACCUSED. Ground personnel carry NASA astronaut Anne McClain shortly after landing in a remote area outside the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, on June 25, 2019. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/Pool/AFP

India's Moon probe enters lunar orbit

Aug 20, 2019 - 4:21 PM

After 4 weeks in space, the craft completes its Lunar Orbit Insertion as planned, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) says

MOON PROBE. The Indian Space Research Organization's  Chandrayaan-2, with on board the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-mark III-M1), launches at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, an island off the coast of southern Andhra Pradesh state, on July 22, 2019. Photo by Arun Sankar/AFP

NASA International Space Apps Challenge now open for registration

Aug 20, 2019 - 2:47 PM

The worldwide hackathon is now on its 8th year, with last year’s version boasting 18,000 participants across 75 countries

Screenshot from International Space Apps Challenge website


NASA descends on Icelandic lava field to prepare for Mars

Aug 15, 2019 - 11:13 AM

With its black basalt sand, wind-swept dunes and craggy peaks, the Lambahraun lava field at the foot of Iceland's second biggest glacier, Langjokull, is chosen as a stand-in for the Red Planet's surface

In this picture taken on July 19, 2019 shows the NASA's new robotic space explorer at their base at the Lambahraun lava field in Iceland where they are getting it ready for the next mission to Mars. To prepare for the next mission to Mars in 2020, NASA has taken to the lava fields of Iceland to get its new robotic space explorer ready for the job. With its black basalt sand, wind-swept dunes and craggy peaks, the Lambahraun lava field at the foot of Iceland's second biggest glacier, Langjokull, was chosen as a stand-in for the Red Planet's surface. Halldor KOLBEINS / AFP

Duterte signs law creating Philippine Space Agency

Aug 13, 2019 - 7:56 PM

(UPDATED) Once established, PhilSA will be the main government agency to take up activities and issues related to space science, space technology, and applications

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Walang 'maginoo at bastos' – bastos lang ang tawag d'yan

Jul 22, 2019 - 9:45 AM

It's time to call out the President on his misogyny

'Stronger than ever:' India set for fresh Moon launch attempt

Jul 21, 2019 - 8:36 PM

The South Asian nation is bidding to become just the 4th nation to land a spacecraft on the Moon

Space crew to blast off for ISS on moon landing anniversary

Jul 20, 2019 - 1:00 PM

The July 20 blast off comes on the same date that NASA's Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon in 1969, marking a defining moment in the so-called 'space race' with the Soviet Union

APOLLO 11. US Astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin is shown walking near the Lunar Module 20 July 1969 during the Apollo 11 space mission. Visible as a reflection in Aldrin's visor is Neil Armstrong, the man who took the photo. Photo by NASA