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NASA suspends work on Moon rocket due to virus

Mar 20, 2020 - 5:58 PM

The virus outbreak could hit US plans to return to the Moon by 2024

SPACE LAUNCH SYSTEM. This NASA photo released on January 6, 2020 shows NASA's powerful new rocket, the Space Launch System, which will send astronauts a quarter million miles from Earth to lunar orbit at the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Louisiana. File photo by Jude Guidry/NASA/AFP

North Korea conducts another 'crucial test' at Sohae launch site – KCNA

Dec 14, 2019 - 3:07 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The spokesman of the North's National Academy of Defence Science says the 'research successes' will bolster up the 'reliable strategic nuclear deterrent' of North Korea

ANOTHER TEST. This undated picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on July 1, 2014 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) inspecting the Hwa Islet defence detachment off the east coast of North Korea. File photo by KCNA via KNS/AFP

U.S.-South Korea military exercises still on despite North's warnings

Aug 01, 2019 - 7:29 AM

Despite North Korea saying its missile launches are a 'solemn warning to the South Korean warmongers', a Pentagon official says there is 'no adjustment or change in plans'

A South Korean K2 tank fires during a live fire demonstration for a media preview of the Defense Expo Korea 2018 at Seungjin Fire Training Field in Pocheon, 65 kms northeast of Seoul, on September 11, 2018. The defence exhibition specialising in land forces equipment will run from September 12 to 16 with 250 companies from 30 countries involved. Jung Yeon-je / 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

Book on Martial Law launched: 'It is happening again'

May 05, 2019 - 3:55 PM

The newly launched book 'To Be in History: Dark Days of Authoritarianism' aims to remind Filipinos about the struggle for freedom during the Marcos regime

UNITED. Mary Racelis, one of the contributors of the book, responds to the audience in behalf of all the authors seated on the platform during the 'To Be in History: Dark Days of Authoritarianism' launch on May 2. Photo by Maria Gabriela Aquino/Rappler

North Korea says it tested rocket launchers

May 05, 2019 - 8:30 AM

This comes a day after Pyongyang appeared to have launched its first short-range missile in more than a year

US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un following a meeting at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi on February 27, 2019. Saul LOEB / AFP

South Korea launches 5G networks early to secure world first

Apr 04, 2019 - 12:34 PM

(UPDATED) Three top telecom providers – SK Telecom, KT, and LG Uplus – begin their 5G services at 11 pm South Korea time, Wednesday, despite previously announcing the launch date would be April 5

5G LAUNCH. SK Telecom CEO Park Jung-ho delivers a speech during a launch event for the company's 5G mobile network, in Seoul on April 3, 2019. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

North Korea 'missile launch' plans under scrutiny as concern mounts

Mar 11, 2019 - 10:40 PM

Satellite analysis now indicates increased activity at two key sites – the Samundong missile research facility and the Sohae rocket launch center

NORTH KOREA. A general view shows Kim Il-sung square and the Pyongyang city skyline on March 9, 2019. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

North Korea may be preparing a missile or space launch – NPR

Mar 09, 2019 - 6:19 PM

The photos by the firm DigitalGlobe show the presence of cars and trucks at the site on February 22

SOHAE. This undated picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 19, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (R) inspecting the ground jet test of a newly developed high-thrust engine at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground in North Korea. AFP File photo/KCNA VIA KNS

New moon: China to launch lunar lighting in outer space

Oct 19, 2018 - 3:48 PM

Chengdu, a city in southwestern Sichuan province, is developing 'illumination satellites' which will shine in tandem with the real moon, but are 8 times brighter

A general view shows the launch pad at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan on December 1, 2013. File photo by AFP/STR

Jeff Bezos space project lands big rocket partnership

Sep 28, 2018 - 11:29 AM

Bezos' space project Blue Origin partners with the Lockheed Martin and Boeing joint venture United Launch Alliance

NEW SHEPARD BOOSTER. Virgin Galactic, founded by British billionaire Richard Branson, and Blue Origin, by Amazon creator Jeff Bezos, say they are just months away from their first out-of-this-world passenger flights – though neither has set a firm date. AFP Photo/Blue Origin

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

SCHEDULE: Marites Vitug’s ‘Rock Solid’ book launches, talks

Aug 02, 2018 - 3:10 PM

Interested readers can listen to the author, a veteran journalist and Rappler editor-at-large, and buy ‘Rock Solid: How the Philippines Won Its Maritime Case against China’ at these events in the Philippines and abroad

Lorenzana starting to sound like China, says Del Rosario

Jul 25, 2018 - 8:18 AM

Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario hits the defense chief for calling the Philippines' Hague victory 'empty'

'ROCK SOLID.' Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario attends the book launch of Marites Dañguilan Vitug's book 'Rock Solid' on July 25, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Rappler editor launches landmark book on Philippines-China case

Jul 24, 2018 - 7:34 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Rappler editor-at-large Marites Dañguilan Vitug unveils the book 'Rock Solid,' the first of its kind about the Philippines' victory over the South China Sea, at the Ateneo de Manila University

LANDMARK BOOK. 'Rock Solid,' authored by award-winning journalist Marites Dañguilan Vitug, is the first of its kind on the Philippines' case against China over the South China Sea. Photo of Vitug by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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

P100,000 at stake for nominees to DOST science journalism awards

Feb 27, 2018 - 5:30 PM

The 'Bantog Awards' will also reward 2nd prize winners with P50,000 while 3rd prize is at P25,000

BANTOG AWARDS. DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña (3rd, left) leads the unveiling of one of the trophies for winners of the 'Bantog' Science Journalism Awards in 2018. Others in the photo are STII Executive Director Richard Pomar Burgoz (2nd, right), DOST Undersecretary Emmanuel Galvez (right), STII-Communication Resources and Production Division chief Dr. Aristotle Carandang (left), and Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI) Director Edgar Garcia (2nd, left). Photo by Edd K. Usman

Samsung set to launch new flagship smartphones

Feb 21, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Samsung's launch is on Monday, February 26, PH time

Screenshot from Samsung/Twitter

WATCH: SpaceX launches world's most powerful rocket toward Mars

Feb 07, 2018 - 2:43 AM

(4th UPDATE) Screams and cheers erupt at Cape Canaveral, Florida as the massive rocket fires its 27 engines and rumbles into the blue sky over the same NASA launchpad that served as a base for the US missions to Moon 4 decades ago

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

Russia launches 11 space satellites 'without glitch'

Feb 01, 2018 - 4:49 PM

Lifting off as scheduled earlier Thursday, the Soyuz rocket carries two Russian Earth monitoring satellites as its primary payload and 9 US and German piggyback satellites

LIFTING OFF. A Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle successfully lifts off from VOSTOCHNY Cosmodrome on February 1, 2018. Photo from Roscosmos.

[WATCH] Rappler Live Jam: Cheats returns!

Dec 06, 2017 - 8:08 PM

The indie rock band is returning to Rappler Live Jam!

China, North Korea talk up ties despite nuclear tensions

Nov 18, 2017 - 3:44 PM

A brief report by North Korea's state-run KCNA news agency says China wants to 'develop the traditional friendly relations between the two parties and countries'

[WATCH] Rappler Live Jam: The Strangeness

Nov 10, 2017 - 8:38 PM

The alt-folk act is gearing up to launch their debut album!

Vivo launches V7+ for P17,990

Sep 21, 2017 - 3:04 PM

Touted as a selfie-centric smartphone, the new flagship comes equipped with a 24MP front-facing camera

V7 PLUS. The all-new Vivo phone is noticeable sleeker. All photos by Kyle Chua/Rappler

Trump, Moon agree to boost South Korean missile capabilities

Sep 02, 2017 - 10:35 AM

US President Donald Trump and his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae in agree to enhance the country s deterrence against North Korea by boosting its missile capabilities

DEFENSE. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks as First Lady Melania Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in look on before dinner at the White House in Washington, DC, on June 29, 2017. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

North Korea warns Japan of 'imminent self-destruction'

Aug 31, 2017 - 10:20 AM

The North s official KCNA news agency decries the former colonial power in a commentary saying: Japan has now come out with its sleeves rolled up in supporting its master s anti DPRK war moves

This picture from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) taken on August 29, 2017 and released on August 30, 2017 shows North Korea's intermediate-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 lifting off from the launching pad in Pyongyang. KCNA via KNS/AFP

Trump: 'All options' on table after North Korean missile launch over Japan

Aug 29, 2017 - 8:33 PM

Threatening and destabilizing actions only increase the North Korean regime s isolation in the region and among all nations of the world the White House says in a statement

MISSILE LAUNCH. People watch a television news screen showing file footage of a North Korean missile launch, at a railway station in Seoul on August 29, 2017. Photo by Jung Yeon-Je / AFP

South Korea's Moon urges calm on North Korea, says war unthinkable

Aug 14, 2017 - 5:06 PM

We cannot have a war on the Korean peninsula ever again says South Korean President Moon Jae In

NO TO WAR. In this file photo, South Korea's President Moon Jae-In speaks during a press conference at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on May 10, 2017. Photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

South China Sea, Duterte, North Korea on Trump | Midday wRap

Aug 10, 2017 - 1:19 PM

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Teams with imports seen having strong CESAFI Final 4 chance

Jul 29, 2017 - 3:28 PM

This year s 17th season of the men s basketball tournament will kick off on August 5 at the New Cebu Coliseum

NEW SEASON. CESAFI president Fr. Dionisio Miranda, SVD (3rd from left) and commissioner Felix 'Boy' Tiukinhoy (2nd from left) pose with team muses and other stakeholders during the launching of the 17th CESAFI season opening on August 5. Photo by Mars G. Alison/Rappler

The week in photos: July 22-28, 2017

Jul 29, 2017 - 12:57 PM

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

SWIM COMPETITION. China's Zhang Yufei in the women's 200m butterfly semifinals at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest on July 26, 2017. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

FOTO: Cantiknya Jembatan Simpang Susun Semanggi di malam hari

Jul 29, 2017 - 12:48 PM

Jembatan Simpang Susun Semanggi akan diresmikan oleh Presiden Joko Jokowi Widodo pada 17 Agustus

SEMANGGI. Sejumlah kendaraan melintasi Jembatan Simpang Susun Semanggi di kawasan Semanggi, Jakarta, Jumat, 28 Juli. Foto oleh Rivan Awal Lingga/ANTARA

North Korea launches another ballistic missile

Jul 29, 2017 - 12:13 AM

The United States South Korea s military and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe confirm the launch

NEW MISSILE LAUNCH. In this photo taken on July 25, 2017, a man looks at images showing missile launches and military exercises, on a display board in Pyongyang. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Moto Z2 Play officially launched in Southeast Asia

Jul 06, 2017 - 2:29 PM

In PH the Moto Z2 Play will come out this July for around P25 000 to 30 000 No specific prices and release dates have been released

Photo by Kyle Chua/Rappler

China heavy-lift carrier rocket launch fails – state media

Jul 02, 2017 - 11:30 PM

Abnormality was detected during the flight of the Long March 5 Y2 rocket says Xinhua

DICT assures sustained push for 3 big projects at grand event

Jun 24, 2017 - 12:54 PM

Ongoing projects – Pipol Konek the National Broadband Plan and the National Government Portal – star at big launch hosted by the Department of Information and Communications Technology

ROG Zephyrus launched at P179,995 for GTX 1080 version

Jun 21, 2017 - 7:40 PM

The Zephyrus an ultra slim gaming laptop arrives in the Philippines weeks after being unveiled at Taiwan s Computex A version with the GTX 1070 graphics card is also available for P149 995

ZEPHYRUS. The laptop was unveiled at Computex 2017 in Taiwan

Japan holds evacuation drills as North Korea missile fears grow

Jun 04, 2017 - 7:50 PM

The drill comes less than a week after nuclear armed North Korea test fired a short range projectile which fell provocatively close to Japan

Reveal rundown: 5 Asus laptops launched at Computex 2017

May 30, 2017 - 12:32 PM

Here are the specs photos prices and availability of the Taiwanese firm s 2017 laptop lineup

WATCH: Asus unveils new products at Computex 2017

May 29, 2017 - 1:55 PM

The Taiwanese firm has historically used the event to launch their big products for the year What will they reveal this year?

North Korea fires ballistic missile

May 29, 2017 - 7:19 AM

UPDATED The launch comes in fresh defiance of tough talk from US President Donald Trump who promised that the big problem of North Korea will be solved

ASEAN expresses 'grave concern' over tests despite North Korea appeal

Apr 28, 2017 - 1:56 PM

The ministers strongly urge North Korea to fully comply with UN Security Council resolutions and international laws according to the statement

This screen grab taken from North Korean broadcaster KCTV on March 7, 2017 shows ballistic missiles being launched during a military drill from an undisclosed location in North Korea. Handout photo by KCTV/AFP

Q&A: Drone-maker DJI on the non-recreational applications of drones

Apr 26, 2017 - 7:42 PM

The tech company speaks to Rappler about officially arriving in the Philippines agricultural drone deployment and the use of drones by certain terror groups

MATRICE 200. This model is designed for heavy duty use such as search and rescue, power line inspection, and agricultural deployment to name some. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 20, 2017

Apr 20, 2017 - 11:30 AM

Hello Here are the stories you shouldn t miss this Thursday

WATCH: 'I'm not allowed to speak in Filipino' – Sponge Cola vocalist

Apr 19, 2017 - 10:55 PM

Singer and songwriter Yael Yuzon likens what happened at a Megamall gig to an obstacle course

North Korea puts 'new ICBM' on show, say analysts

Apr 15, 2017 - 7:39 PM

Huge green missiles in Pyongyang s giant military parade catch the attention of military specialists

Mars spacecraft's first missions face delays, NASA says

Apr 14, 2017 - 2:56 PM

A report by NASA s Office of Inspector General cited technical as well as budget challenges behind the delays

Twitter launches 'lite' version for data-conscious users

Apr 06, 2017 - 5:22 PM

Twitter says the new web based app can consume up to 70 less data with a data saver mode and launches 30 faster than the standard app

TWITTER LITE. The Lite version offers potential data savings for mobile users and access for users on slower mobile connections.

Trump, NASA and a rare consensus: Mission to Mars

Mar 22, 2017 - 1:47 PM

US President Donald Trump signs a law that says manned missions to deep space including to Mars will be the US space agency s main goal in the decades to come

NASA BILL SIGNED. US President Donald Trump, center, signs the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017, alongside members of the Senate, Congress, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 21, 2017. NASA photo

Lenovo launches new computers fitted with Intel's Kaby Lake chips

Mar 15, 2017 - 6:55 PM

The new Lenovo computers get to enjoy enhanced performance and power efficiency from Intel s latest processors

THINKSTATION. The Lenovo computer features a workstation-class Xeon processor. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler