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Katherine Johnson, black NASA mathematician, dies at 101

Feb 25, 2020 - 11:05 AM

Johnson's calculations helped put the first man on the moon in 1969

KATHERINE JOHNSON. Katherine Johnson, NASA employee, mathematician and physicist, in 1966. Photo by NASA

Quiboloy spokesman says former church members behind FBI arrests

Jan 30, 2020 - 9:19 PM

A spokesman of televangelist Apollo Quiboloy said the arrest of Kingdom of Jesus Christ officials is part of a conspiracy

Quiboloy again sued for human trafficking

Dec 20, 2019 - 10:40 PM

In 2018, the self-proclaimed 'Appointed Son of God' was accused of running a child sex ring. This time, Pastor Apollo Quiboloy faces sexual abuse and forced labor allegations.

Foals, Sabrina Claudio, Nova Amor are coming to Manila for Wanderland 2020

Nov 14, 2019 - 9:57 AM

Who's ready for another Wanderland festival?

WANDERLAND. The 2019 edition was the biggest yet. File photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

[OPINION] Apollo Quiboloy, stop!

Nov 05, 2019 - 7:22 PM

There’s nothing funny about Pastor Quiboloy. Nothing is funny when religious work perpetuates people’s ignorance.

One giant leap: 50 years ago, humanity's first steps on the Moon

Jul 20, 2019 - 3:07 PM

(UPDATED) NASA plans to return to the Moon to test technology for Mars by 2024

Apollo 11 space mission US astronaut Buzz Aldrin is seen conducting experiments with the Passive Experiment Package (PSE) on the moon's surface on a picture taken by Neil Armstrong after both climbed down the ladder of the lunar module "Eagle" on July 21, 1969 to become the first men in history to set foot on the moon's surface. AFP PHOTO NASA (Photo by - / NASA / AFP)

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

Hard soil, big jumps and epiphanies: What it's like on the Moon

Jul 10, 2019 - 10:46 AM

Here are impressions of some of American men who walked on the Moon, collected from a series of oral history interviews by NASA

'Moon Rock Hunter' on quest to track down Apollo gifts

Jun 16, 2019 - 11:35 PM

Lawyer and retired NASA special agent Joseph Gutheinz Jr is on a mission to find moon rocks that went missing after being given as gifts to nations

Joseph Gutheinz, an attorney known as the "Moon Rock Hunter," poses in his office on May 22, 2019 in Friendswood, Texas. Gutheinz has long been dedicated to tracking down missing Apollo moon rock samples. - After Neil Armstrong took a "giant leap for mankind" on the Moon nearly 50 years ago and collected rocks and soil along the way, Richard Nixon presented lunar souvenirs to every nation -- 135, at the time. Dozens of the "goodwill" moon rocks -- some only the size of a grain of rice, others as big as a marble -- have since gone missing, and Joseph Gutheinz Jr is on a mission to find them. (Photo by Loren ELLIOTT / AFP)

Apollo moon rocks help transform understanding of the universe

Jun 16, 2019 - 11:10 PM

While lunar samples have been in NASA hands for 5 decades, new discoveries are still being made

Moon rocks are on display at the Johnson Space Center in Houston on May 23, 2019. - Moon rocks look rather nondescript -- they are often gray in color -- but for NASA planetary scientist Samuel Lawrence, they are the "most precious materials on Earth." What is certain is that the lunar samples first gathered by Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong nearly 50 years ago have helped transform our understanding of the cosmos. (Photo by Chris Lefkow / AFP)

Duterte orders shutdown of Kapa-Community Ministry, other investment scams

Jun 08, 2019 - 8:17 AM

'When it is [too] good to be true, that is fraud,' President Rodrigo Duterte says of the get-rich-quick schemes offered by Kapa-Community Ministry International and others

After 'reunion,' Pastor Apollo Quiboloy tags along with Duterte in Sulu trip

Jun 05, 2019 - 2:00 PM

'I'd be happy to see more of the pastor in the coming days,' says President Rodrigo Duterte after his first meeting with Pastor Apollo Quiboloy in 3 years

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte introduces Kingdom of Jesus Christ, The Name Above Every Name, Inc. founder and lead Pastor Apollo Quiboloy to Sulu Governor Abdusakur Mahail Tan during his visit to Camp Teodulfo Bautista in Jolo, Sulu on June 4, 2019. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

'A long ride': 50 years ago, a dress rehearsal for the Moon landing

May 25, 2019 - 4:06 PM

The year was 1969, Apollo 10 commander Tom Stafford made an unusual request to mission control. He said: 'Think you could call over to London and tell the president of the Flat Earth Society that he's wrong?'

In this May 18, 1969 image obtained from NASA, Apollo 10 Commander Tom Stafford, heading to the Kennedy Space Center launch pad, pats the nose of a stuffed Snoopy held by Jamye Flowers (Coplin), astronaut Gordon Cooper’s secretary. As the sight of planet Earth grew ever smaller, Apollo 10 commander Tom Stafford made an unusual request to mission control. The year was 1969, and his vessel was the first to be equipped with a color camera, which was beaming live images to an awestruck global audience. "I was feeling real high," Stafford recalled. "I said: 'Think you could call over to London and tell the president of the Flat Earth Society that he's wrong?'" Handout / NASA / AFP

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

How a vintage film format brought 'Apollo 11' back to life

Mar 11, 2019 - 2:09 PM

The film injects new life into the most famous space mission of all time, which transfixed the world from July 16-24, 1969

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

NASA wants people on Mars within 25 years

Nov 14, 2018 - 3:38 PM

The US space agency believes it can put humans on the Red Planet within 25 years, but the technological and medical hurdles are immense

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

Neil Armstrong's huge souvenir collection to be auctioned

Oct 31, 2018 - 2:41 PM

Some items have historical value, such as flags or medallions he wore during the Apollo 11 lunar mission. Others do not – like a boy scout cap or a pin from his high school football team.

AUCTION. Items that belonged to US astronaut Neil Armstrong are displayed at Heritage Auctions October 2, 2018 in New York. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

SpaceX announces new plan to send tourist around moon

Sep 14, 2018 - 11:42 AM

Humans have not set foot on the moon since the final Apollo mission in 1972, capping an era of US national pride. Only 24 people in history have ever been to the moon.

DRAGON AND FALCON. A multiple exposure photo showing the trail of the Dragon spacecraft as it lifts off, with the Falcon 9 rocket's trail as it landed, at Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 18, 2016. File photo courtesy SpaceX

Guevarra on DOJ, IHS on Quiboloy Foundation, Cimatu on Boracay casino | Evening wRap

Apr 06, 2018 - 7:42 PM

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Hawaii NGO accuses Quiboloy foundation of fraud

Apr 06, 2018 - 11:45 AM

In an email to Rappler, Pastor Apollo Quiboloy's lawyer responds by saying 'jealousy' can often lead groups to make 'disparaging comments about others'

FRAUD ACCUSATION. The Hawaii-based Institute for Human Services (IHS) provides a sample picture of the badge used by volunteers of Children's Joy Foundation allegedly claiming they're raising funds for IHS. Photo courtesy of IHS

FBI investigates Quiboloy church in Hawaii for trafficking

Apr 03, 2018 - 11:18 AM

The investigation stems from a 2015 case involving a former Quiboloy church member who said she was physically abused for failing to raise enough money

CHURCH LEADER. Pastor Apollo Quiboloy leads the Kingdom of Jesus Christ in Davao City. File photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Sereno on impeachment, Cayetano on Manalo, Quiboloy denies detention | Evening wRap

Feb 16, 2018 - 8:08 PM

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'Quiboloy didn't violate any US law' – spokesman

Feb 16, 2018 - 1:37 PM

(UPDATED) The camp of Kingdom of Jesus Christ founder Apollo Quiboloy denies reports that the pastor was 'detained' at the Honolulu airport, but is mum on the reported $350,000 cash and rifle parts found in the private plane that carried him

PASTOR QUIBOLOY. Kingdom of Jesus Christ founder Apollo Quiboloy refers to himself as the 'Appointed Son of God'. File photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

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Feb 16, 2018 - 12:32 PM

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FAST FACTS: Who is Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, the ‘Appointed Son of God’?

Feb 15, 2018 - 9:14 PM

Quiboloy's religious group is currently under investigation by the FBI for alleged human trafficking in Hawaii

Philippines on China, Malacanang on Manalo, Quiboloy detained in Hawaii | Evening wRap

Feb 15, 2018 - 8:36 PM

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Quiboloy temporarily detained in Hawaii

Feb 15, 2018 - 3:02 PM

Hawaii authorities find $350,000 in cash and rifle parts in a Philippines-bound private plane boarded by Kingdom of Jesus Christ founder Apollo Quiboloy and 5 others, a media report says

PRAYING FOR DUTERTE. Pastor Apollo Quiboloy says he will continue to pray for his good friend Rodrigo Duterte and the success of Duterte's administration. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

RAW Deal: On the road to WrestleMania 34

Feb 11, 2018 - 3:16 PM

All roads lead to the Elimination Chamber

CHAMBER. Roman Reigns will be in the Elimination Chamber, which is going to determine the new #1 contender to Brock Lesnar’s WWE Universal Championship. Screenshot WWE YT

Baidu announces $1.5 billion fund for autonomous driving

Sep 21, 2017 - 10:33 PM

'China's Google' seeks to focus on artificial intelligence, investing heavily in the sector

BAIDU. The Baidu logo is seen outside the Baidu headquarters in Beijing on December 17, 2014. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Eugene Cernan, last man to walk on moon, dies

Jan 17, 2017 - 11:37 AM

Cernan was the spacecraft commander of Apollo 17 – his third space flight and the last scheduled US manned mission to the moon – in December 1972

LAST MAN ON THE MOON. Eugene Cernan in an official NASA photo. Photo courtesy NASA

Heart hazard for Apollo astronauts – study

Jul 28, 2016 - 11:59 PM

Of 7 Apollo astronauts to have died to date 3 43 succumbed to cardiovascular disease

The Apollo 11 lunar landing mission crew, pictured May 1, 1969, from left to right, Neil A. Armstrong, commander; Michael Collins, command module pilot; and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot. Photo by NASA/public domain

Bongbong Marcos, Quiboloy on Duterte, Mansour killed | 6PM wRap

May 23, 2016 - 8:55 PM

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Quiboloy: I won't interfere with national interest

May 23, 2016 - 11:40 AM

But the religious leader also says he puts the interests of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ above anything else including friendships

PRAYING FOR DUTERTE. Pastor Apollo Quiboloy says he will continue to pray for his good friend Rody Duterte and the success of his administration. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Alan Purisima, Duterte’s cabinet, Salah Abdeslam | 6PM wRap

May 20, 2016 - 6:45 PM

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Duterte ‘blocking’ Quiboloy’s efforts to help with Cabinet choices

May 20, 2016 - 11:34 AM

Is politics getting in the way of the 30 year friendship of Rodrigo Duterte and Pastor Apollo Quiboloy?

SPAT BREWING? Duterte appears in Pastor Apollo Quiboloy's television show on Election Day, May 9, 2016. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Miriam: Duterte 'most dangerous' presidential candidate

May 06, 2016 - 12:30 PM

The senator also alleges that Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is the official candidate of the New People’s Army

DANGEROUS. Miriam Defensor-Santiago says the Philippines would be in peril if Rodrigo Duterte wins presidential race. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte admits receiving properties, cars from Quiboloy

May 03, 2016 - 11:27 AM

(UPDATED) Duterte says of the rich pastor, 'He donates [gifts] in the name of God, para makatrabaho ako, para wala akong takot'. Is he liable for graft?

PASTOR'S BLESSING. Rodrigo Duterte receives a blessing from Pastor Apollo Quiboloy on the occasion of his birthday in March. Photo from Rody Duterte Facebook page

Quiboloy predicts landslide win for Duterte

Apr 26, 2016 - 4:00 PM

You cannot fight the devil if you are a saint You can only fight the devil if you are more of a devil than the devil himself the congregation leader says of his old friend Rodrigo Duterte

ANOINTED. Kingdom of Jesus Christ Founder Apollo Quiboloy (left) arrives on stage during his birthday celebration in Davao City on Monday, April 25. Photo by Saimehen Iluis/ Rappler

FOTO: Misi Apollo ke Bulan membuktikan bahwa astronot adalah hipster

Oct 06, 2015 - 3:36 PM

Para astronot adalah hipster sebelum masanya

PANTULAN KACA. Astronot Apollo 12 selfie dengan bayangan rekannya di kaca. Foto NASA.

Smithsonian embraces crowdfunding to preserve lunar spacesuit

Jul 21, 2015 - 10:24 AM

It marks the first time that any Smithsonian museum has embraced crowdfunding to help cover the cost of preserving its most valuable artifacts from the ravages of time

This spacesuit was worn by astronaut Neil Armstrong, Commander of the Apollo 11 mission, which landed the first man on the moon on July 20, 1969. Image by Mark Avino, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

Quiboloy church to help members who sold toxic fruit candies

Jul 13, 2015 - 9:13 PM

UPDATED Quiboloy s legal counsel confirms that the ambulant vendors who were arrested in Surigao del Sur are member of their congregation

Roxas, Duterte and a dud

May 27, 2015 - 5:20 PM

Not known to many Mar Roxas and Digong Duterte have been friends from many years back

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May 18, 2015 - 6:00 PM

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As president, ‘I can’t afford to fail’ – Duterte

May 18, 2015 - 2:59 PM

The Davao City mayor also tells OFWs in Hong Kong not to be influenced by popularity surveys in deciding who to vote for in 2016

DUTERTE IN HONG KONG. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who reportedly eyes the presidency, tells overseas Filipino workers that his anti-drugs campaign is meant to protect the children of OFWs. Photo release by Kingdom of Jesus Christ movement

Moon mementos found languishing in Neil Armstrong's closet

Feb 11, 2015 - 11:08 AM

The objects include a 16mm camera that was mounted on the window of the Eagle lunar module to record the historic landing and Armstrong s one small step

A NASA handout photo dated 20 July 1969 shows Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong working at the base of the lunar module on the moon. NASA/Handout/EPA

Trial of Elenita Binay cases can proceed – Sandiganbayan

Nov 16, 2014 - 12:18 AM

The arraignment of the former Makati mayor is set for Thursday November 20

GREEN LIGHT. The Sandiganbayan gives the go signal for the trial of cases against Mrs Binay to proceed. File OVP photo

Mercado 'cleared' Mrs Binay in 'overpricing'

Oct 26, 2014 - 10:03 AM

[EXCLUSIVE] As early as 2002 former Makati vice mayor Mercado confirms there were anomalies in the bidding process but clears former Mayor Elenita Binay of any liability

Webhits: Neil Armstrong's lunar heartbeat used for a John Lennon cover

Aug 01, 2014 - 8:00 AM

Berlin based songwriter Louise Gold honors the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission by using Neil Armstrong s heartbeat as a bass line for a John Lennon original

More evidence that Earth collision formed Moon – study

Jun 06, 2014 - 11:48 AM

According to theoretical models of the collision the moon would have formed mostly from a planetary body named Theia at between 70 90 with some 10 30 coming from Earth

Photo from AFP

Unique camera from NASA's moon missions sold at auction

Mar 23, 2014 - 8:27 AM

The Hasselblad model was one of 14 cameras sent to the moon as part of NASA s Apollo 11 17 missions but was the only one to be brought back

AUCTION. The Hasselblad camera, the only camera to return from NASA's moon missions, was sold to a telephone bidder. Photo from AFP