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'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

Russia launches European satellite to monitor Earth's atmosphere

Oct 13, 2017 - 8:18 PM

'The Sentinel-5P satellite is now safely in orbit so it is up to our mission control teams to steer this mission into its operational life and maintain it for the next 7 years or more,' the agency's director general, Jan Woerner, says in a statement

LIFTOFF. A satellite is sent into orbit on Russian Rockot launcher at 09:27 GMT on Friday, October 13. Screen shot from ESA video.

Ombudsman fines ex-Daanbantayan mayor over Yolanda aid distribution

Oct 09, 2017 - 12:30 PM

Former Daanbantayan, Cebu mayor Augusto Corro initially disqualified residents of a 'no-build zone' from receiving financial aid, but it is later found that their area is not considered a danger zone

YOLANDA FUNDS. The Office of the Ombudsman finds a former mayor of Cebu guilty of simple neglect of duty for unclear guidelines in the qualifications for a financial assistance. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Spacecraft revealed for first Europe mission to Mercury

Jul 06, 2017 - 8:06 PM

Set for launch in 2018 BepiColombo will be the European Space Agency s ESA first mission to the closest rock to the Sun

BEPICOLOMBO. The BepiColombo stack. Photo by C. Carreau/ESA

'Failed' clocks fresh blow for Europe's Galileo satnav

Jan 18, 2017 - 6:16 PM

UPDATED Designed to render Europe independent from America s GPS the 10 billion euro 11 billion project may experience further delays as the cause of the failure is investigated ESA director general Jan Woerner tells journalists

JAN WOERNER. ESA Director General speaks to media at the ESA Headquarters on January 18, 2017. Screen shot from livestream.

Computer glitch blamed for European Mars lander crash

Nov 24, 2016 - 1:30 PM

Schiaparelli was on a test run for a future rover meant to seek out evidence of life past or present but it fell silent seconds before its scheduled touchdown on October 19

Schiaparelli parachute moves in the wind: A comparison of the 25 October image taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE camera with that taken on 1 November. NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

Duterte: P10,000 each for Yolanda survivors who have yet to get shelter aid

Nov 09, 2016 - 10:00 AM

DSWD explains that the amount is not emergency shelter assistance but a valid response to the clamor of families who were denied of their right to the assistance

RECOVERY. Protesters voice out what they think should have been addressed three years after Yolanda. Photo by Catherine Atienza/ Rappler

DSWD orders immediate release of shelter aid for Lawin survivors

Oct 23, 2016 - 11:16 AM

UPDATED Secretary Judy Taguiwalo orders DSWD field offices in affected areas to immediately provide emergency shelter assistance ESA to expedite the rebuilding of the damaged shelters

HANDS ON. On October 21, DSWD Sec Judy Taguiwalo, speaking to Super Typhoon Lawin survivors and local officials in Cagayan province, gives assurances that emergency shelter assistance will be provided 'within a month and not 3 years'. Photo by Voltaire Tupaz/Rappler

European craft crashed on Mars, possibly exploded – ESA

Oct 22, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The Schiaparelli lander reached the Martian surface a lot faster than intended and got smashed according to the European Space Agency

This handout picture released on October 21, 2016, by the European Space Agency shows the landing site of the Schiaparelli module within the predicted landing ellipse in a mosaic of images (up) and a pair of before-and-after images (down) from the Context Camera (CTX) on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) on NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey orbiter. A tiny European craft despatched to Mars for a trial touchdown on October 21, 2016, "crashed" into pieces on the Red Planet's surface instead, a European Space Agency mission manager told AFP on Friday. A NASA photograph of the intended landing site confirmed the Schiaparelli craft, missing for two days, had "crashed on the surface of Mars", Thierry Blancquaert said by telephone from mission control in Darmstadt, Germany. The craft "reached the Martian surface a lot faster than intended," he said. / AFP PHOTO / EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY / HO

Where's the Mars lander? Scientists anxiously wait for news

Oct 20, 2016 - 8:08 AM

Ground controllers wait anxiously for news on the status of a tiny European craft which touched down on Mars as part of a daring quest for life on the Red Planet but may not have survived the impact

Artist's impression visualizing the separation of the ExoMars entry, descent and landing demonstrator module, Schiaparelli, from the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO). ESA/ATG medialab

Europe's Mars lander on track towards red planet

Oct 17, 2016 - 10:27 AM

Europe sends a tiny lander on a 3 day million kilometer 621 000 mile trek to the Martian surface to test drive technology for a daring mission to scout the Red Planet for evidence of life

ExoMars 2016 approaching Mars. ESA/ATG medialab

European lander starts 3-day descent to Mars surface – ESA

Oct 17, 2016 - 12:00 AM

Schiaparelli s main goal is to test entry and landing gear and technology for a subsequent rover which will be the highlight of the ExoMars mission

(FILES) This file photo handout photo taken from the European Space Agency website on March 1, 2016 shows an artist's impression depicting the separation of the ExoMars 2016 entry, descent and landing demonstrator module, named Schiaparelli, from the Trace Gas Orbiter, and heading for Mars. On October 19, 2016, the Schiaparelli capsule, also known as the Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module (EDM), is scheduled to make the first landing on Mars by an ESA spacecraft. / AFP PHOTO / EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY / D. Ducros

Brexit will change UK role in Europe's space programs – ESA

Sep 15, 2016 - 4:09 PM

The ESA is autonomous from the European Union and should not be directly affected by Brexit an official says

The ESA Pavilion at the Paris Air and Space Show 2015. ESA-CB PROD

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Sep 14, 2016 - 7:17 PM

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LOOK: 3-D map of the Milky Way unveiled

Sep 14, 2016 - 3:13 PM

UPDATED Just over halfway through its 5 year mission Gaia s two telescopes have located a billion stars – only one percent of the Milky Way s estimated stellar population

Image courtesy ESA/Gaia/DPAC

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Sep 06, 2016 - 12:23 PM

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Missing comet lander Philae spotted at last – ESA

Sep 06, 2016 - 12:11 AM

The agency releases a photo of the washing machine sized robot lab on the comet s rough surface one of its three legs thrust dramatically into the air

PHILAE. The Philae lander has been found. Photos from European Space Agency Twitter.

Rosetta, Philae to reunite on comet for Sept 30 mission end

Jul 01, 2016 - 11:20 AM

The data from Rosetta and Philae will continue to be analyzed for months and years to come

epa04487728 A handout picture released by the European Space Agency (ESA) on 13 November 2014 shows the panoramic view created from the first two CIVA images, confirming that Rosetta's lander Philae is safely on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. One of the lander's three feet can be seen in the foreground. The 100-kilogram probe touched down on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, seven hours after separating from its mothership Rosetta half a billion kilometres from Earth. Philae's task is to collect images and samples from the dusty iceball, which will give clues about the origins of the solar system. EPA/ESA HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Europe's comet orbiter back after 'dramatic' silence

Jun 02, 2016 - 7:30 PM

UPDATED The Rosetta spacecraft returns to normal operations after the European Space Agency lost contact with it for nearly 24 hours over the weekend

epa04799978 (FILE) A file picture released on 02 March 2004 shows a computer generated image of space probe Rosetta (R) during the approach to the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The European space probe Rosetta was successfully launched on a mission to the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from Kourou space centre in French-Guayana earlier today. Rosetta is expected to arrive at Churyumov-Gerasimenko in ten years time where it will release the landing robot Philae (L) on the surface of the comet. The comet lander Philae has awakened from seven months of hibernation and sent signals back to Earth, the European Space Agency said on 14 June 2015. Rosetta, a space probe, has studied the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet for 312 days. It's Philae probe landed on the comet in November 2014 but shut down after some 60 hours as a result of insufficient charge in its batteries due to lack of sunlight at its location. Philae, a device approximately the size of a washing machine, was the first man-made device to make a controlled landing on a comet. EPA/ESA

Europe launches fresh satellite pair for sat-nav system

May 24, 2016 - 11:31 PM

The Galileo sat nav system should be able to provide a more precise signal than the US Global Positioning System GPS according to its developers

epa05326671 A handout image issued by CNES on early 24 May 2016 showing the lift-off of Soyuz flight 15 carrying the 13th and 14th satellites of European satellite navigation system Galileo, at CNES space port in Kourou, Guyana. Galileo will be used for maritime, rail, air, land, relief and rescue operations, agriculture or oil exploration. Galileo will guarantee Europe vis-Ã -vis independence of the United States and Russia, removing the dependence on the American GPS system. The Galileo program consists of a constellation of 24 satellites (+6 spare) placed on three medium circular orbits (MEO) at an altitude of 23222 km from Earth. The launch of two new satellites in the night from 24 to 25 May, Galileo will bring to 14 the number of satellites in the constellation. The European navigation system will cross one more step towards the dissemination of the first services to users with the orbiting of the 13th and 14th satellites. An 8th launch of another pair of satellites is expected at the end of 2016. EPA/ESA-CNES-ARIANESPACE / P. PIRON / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Phase 2 of ExoMars mission delayed to 2020

May 02, 2016 - 8:45 PM

Space agency officials had warned that the follow on ExoMars mission originally scheduled for launch in 2018 might be delayed due to technical problems and cost overruns

MARS MISSION. The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter Core Module is pictured in the cleanroom of aerospace company OHB in Bremen, Germany, 03 February 2014. The module was handed over to representatives of a French company, which will complete the trace gas orbiter. The module is part of the Mars mission Exomars currently under development by the European Space Agency (ESA) and th eRussian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos). Photo by Carmen Jaspersen/EPA

Mars probe sends first pictures home

Apr 14, 2016 - 11:28 PM

The probe s high resolution camera is switched on for the first time on April 7 taking its first grainy black and white snapshots of space

EXOMARS. The first image taken by the Trace Gas Orbiter of the ESA–Roscosmos ExoMars 2016 mission. Image from ESA/RosCosmos/CaSSIS

Rocket blasts off on mission seeking life on Mars

Mar 14, 2016 - 7:41 PM

Is there life on the Red Planet? The main objective of ExoMars 2016 is to analyze methane there – a possible indicator of life

A Russian Proton-M rocket carrying the ExoMars 2016 spacecraft blasts off from the launch pad at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome on March 14, 2016. AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV

Europe, Russia embark on search for life on Mars

Mar 12, 2016 - 10:32 PM

ExoMars 2016 the first of a two phase Mars exploration aims to photograph the Red Planet and analyze its air for evidence that life once existed there or may do so still

EXOMARS 2016. A handout picture taken and released by the European Space Agency (ESA) on March 11, 2016, shows the Russian Proton rocket, that will launch on March 14 the ExoMars 2016 spacecraft to Mars, standing on its pad of the launch complex at the Baikonour spaceport, Kazakhstan. Stephane Corvaja/ESA/AFP

Russia plans return to Mars, Moon despite money woes

Feb 19, 2016 - 12:25 PM

Next month a Russian Proton rocket is scheduled to launch the first of two missions under ExoMars a joint venture with the ESA to snoop out possible life past or present to the red planet

SPACE EXPLORATION. Under an ambitious plan with the European Space Agency, scientists have new hope of again sending missions to the Moon and to Mars. File photo from NASA

Philae comet probe: World prepares for final farewell

Feb 03, 2016 - 11:43 AM

The success of the campaign to humanize a scientific instrument has left the European Space Agency ESA with a dilemma: how to communicate Philae s demise?

WAKE UP, PHILAE! A cartoon showing Rosetta's lander Philae waking up from hibernation, released June 2015. Courtesy European Space Agency

Yolanda rehab: Only 30% complete as 2016 begins

Dec 31, 2015 - 2:24 PM

The Philippines targets to complete most of the ongoing projects by 2016 or 3 years after Yolanda hit the country

MORE TO DO. The Philippine government still has a ton to accomplish, two years after Typhoon Yolanda struck the country in 2013. File photo by Rappler

Jemaat GKI Yasmin lima tahun mengetuk pintu Istana Negara

Dec 25, 2015 - 8:39 PM

Pemerintah pusat tak boleh cuci tangan lempar tanggung jawab ke pemda Bogor soal kasus GKI Yasmin

Comet 67P, robot lab Philae's alien host, nears Sun

Aug 10, 2015 - 11:19 AM

Scientists hope the heat of perihelion – when the comet comes closest to the Sun in its orbit – will cause the enigmatic traveller to shed more of its icy crust

This image from Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera is marked to show the location of the first touchdown point of the Philae lander. ESA/Rosetta/MPS

Comet probe Philae dials home, 'doing very well'

Jun 20, 2015 - 2:01 PM

The Philae mission seeks to unlock the long held secrets of comets which may reveal how the Solar System was formed

COMET LANDER. Still image from animation of Philae separating from Rosetta and descending to the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in November 2014. Photo from ESA/ATG medialab

'Hello Earth': Comet probe Philae wakes up

Jun 14, 2015 - 9:12 PM

Scientists: We received new signals from Philae for a period of two minutes as well as 40 seconds worth of data

COMET LANDER. Still image from animation of Philae separating from Rosetta and descending to the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in November 2014. ESA/ATG medialab

Russia delays return of ISS crew members after supply ship failure

May 13, 2015 - 8:47 AM

The journey home of the 3 crew members originally scheduled for Thursday May 14 is postponed until June

This March 7, 2011 NASA handout image shows a close-up view of the International Space Station is featured in this image photographed by an STS-133 crew member on space shuttle Discovery after the station and shuttle began their post-undocking relative separation. NASA/Handout/AFP

Happy birthday, Hubble! Celestial 'fireworks' for space telescope's 25th

Apr 23, 2015 - 10:28 PM

NASA releases a photo that best captures Hubble s main job for the past quarter century: revealing the magnificence of the cosmos

Hubble: The telescope that revolutionized our view of space

Apr 22, 2015 - 11:03 AM

The Hubble Space Telescope celebrates 25 years in space this week

EYE IN THE SKY. The Hubble Space Telescope floats against the background of Earth after a week of repair and upgrade by Space Shuttle Columbia astronauts in 2002. Image courtesy NASA/ Hubble Site

Jupiter's largest moon Ganymede definitely has an ocean – NASA

Mar 13, 2015 - 10:50 AM

Aurorae glimpsed by the Hubble Space Telescope helped confirm the long suspected subsurface saltwater on Ganymede the largest moon in the solar system

Artist’s concept of Jupiter's moon Ganymede. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope observed aurorae on the moon generated by Ganymede’s magnetic fields. A saline ocean under the moon’s icy crust best explains shifting in the auroral belts measured by Hubble. Image Credit: NASA/ESA

Wake up Philae! The world awaits news

Mar 13, 2015 - 10:08 AM

The European Space Agency ESA cautions there could be a long wait before the lander talks to its comet orbiting mothership Rosetta if at all

This image from Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera is marked to show the location of the first touchdown point of the Philae lander. ESA/Rosetta/MPS

Europe space truck undocks from ISS

Feb 14, 2015 - 11:45 PM

It is the last of 5 so called Automated Transfer Vehicles ATV that ESA has contracted to provide for the US led ISS project

SPACE STATION. This August 12, 2014 NASA image from video shows the International Space Station (R) above the eastern coast of South America as it orbits the Earth. Photo by AFP

Europe launches prototype 'space plane'

Feb 11, 2015 - 11:59 PM

The IXV marks the latest step by Europe in the development of atmospheric reentry technologies a key to manned flights

Galactic beauty: Iconic 'Pillars of Creation' photo gets an update

Jan 07, 2015 - 9:19 AM

The iconic image of 3 gigantic galactic gas clouds in the Eagle Nebula gets an updated high resolution version – and it s out of this world beautiful

The 2014 version of the 'Pillars of Creation' image, taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Image courtesy NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)/J. Hester, P. Scowen (Arizona State U.)

Comet probe 'may revive in March' – French space chief

Jan 06, 2015 - 8:29 AM

Jean Yves Le Gall: We hope that from March the sunlight will help the robot to recharge its batteries and resume its scientific work

This image from Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera is marked to show the location of the first touchdown point of the Philae lander. ESA/Rosetta/MPS

German named next head of European Space Agency

Dec 18, 2014 - 8:45 PM

Johann Dietrich Woerner takes over the reins from Frenchman Jean Jacques Dordain

SPACE LEADERS. Chairman of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) Johann-Dietrich Woerner (L) and the director general of the European Space Agency (ESA) Jean-Jacque Dordain (R) stand next to a satellite's scale model during an event to mark the 50th anniversary of European space flight in the ESA Satellite Control Center in Darmstadt, Germany, 28 August 2014. Several European countries started a collaboration on space travel 50 years ago. EPA/ARNE DEDERT

Images show Philae's historic comet bounce

Nov 17, 2014 - 8:01 AM

The discovery came thanks to painstaking follow up analysis of a series of pictures ESA had released on Friday

This image from Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera is marked to show the location of the first touchdown point of the Philae lander. ESA/Rosetta/MPS

Comet probe sends back science treasure in final hours

Nov 15, 2014 - 6:43 PM

UPDATED Crowning a historic feat the robot lab streams data from its experiments back to its mother ship Rosetta in the final hours before its battery runs down

Triumphant comet probe sends last-gasp data from 'alien world'

Nov 15, 2014 - 8:58 AM

2nd UPDATE Mission engineers dream of making contact with the lander at some point in the coming months as the comet with Philae hopefully still clinging to its surface moves closer to the Sun

LOW-BATTERY? A handout photo released on November 13, 2014 by the European Space Agency, and taken on the eve by the ROLIS (Rosetta Lander Imaging System) instrument, shows the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko during Philae's descent, from a distance of approximately 40 m above the surface. File photo by ESA/Rosetta/Philae/ROLIS/DLR/AFP

Comet probe in race against time

Nov 14, 2014 - 8:21 PM

UPDATED The space probe has just hours of battery left as it drills into its host comet but it may lose power before it can transmit the results

SELFIE. A handout photo released on October 15, 2014 by the European Space Agency shows a picture taken with the CIVA camera on Rosetta’s Philae lander showing comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko from a distance of about 16 km from the surface of the comet. Photo from AFP/ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA

Scientists hope for data after historic but dodgy comet landing

Nov 13, 2014 - 7:25 AM

UPDATED Landing manager: Hopefully we are sitting there on the surface at a position different to the original landing and can continue our science

ROLIS descent image of Comet 67P/C-G. Credits: ESA/Rosetta/Philae/ROLIS/DLR

Space history: European probe Philae lands on comet

Nov 13, 2014 - 12:04 AM

UPDATED The historic landing marks the climax of a historic quest to explore an enigma of the Solar System

BYE BYE ROSETTA. Rosetta’s lander Philae took this parting shot of its mothership shortly after separation, 12 November 2014. ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA

Probe separates from orbiter, heads to comet

Nov 12, 2014 - 5:52 PM

The Philae lander is on its way to Comet 67P Churyumov Gerasimenko separating itself from the Rosetta orbiter at 4:35 pm Manila time

ON ITS WAY. Artist’s impression of the Rosetta orbiter deploying the Philae lander to comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. ESA–C. Carreau/ATG medialab

LIVE: The Rosetta #CometLanding mission

Nov 12, 2014 - 1:26 PM

UPDATED Watch live as the European Space Agency ESA attempts to land the Philae probe on the comet 67P Churyumov Gerasimenko a first in history

Landing site J – since been named Agilkia – on the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, as viewed through Rosetta's NavCam, 21 September 2014. Image courtesy ESA

Comet-landing mission on track, one last hurdle ahead

Nov 12, 2014 - 11:40 AM

Everyone s nervous everyone s on tenterhooks but we know the risk is worth taking The rewards are enormous

Artist’s impression of the Rosetta orbiter deploying the Philae lander to comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. ESA–C. Carreau/ATG medialab