Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Rika Nomoto had a game-high 20 points to lead the no.6 team in the world while Mami Uchiseto added 10 points in Japan’s campaign.Tran Thi Thanh Thuy had 14 points to lead Vietnam.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Japan was relentless on its attack converting on 47 of its 133 spike attempts while serving up eight aces. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her View comments 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Teen gunned down in Masbate China vs Korea. Photo from asianvolleyball.netBIÑAN, Laguna—Japan made quick work of Vietnam, 25-22, 25-21, 25-16, to advance to the semifinals of the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship Tuesday at Alonte Sports Arena here.The Japanese will meet China in the penultimate stage of the tournament while the Vietnamese are set to compete in the classification stages for the fifth to eighth place. ADVERTISEMENT Moreno, PH Archers hope to put gold-less past behind them 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We’re thrilled to have AJ become a member of our program,” said Kowalczyk as per UTRockets.com. “He’s a very long, athletic, skilled individual who has an unbelievable upside to his game.”“AJ wants to learn and be in a position that he gets better every year. I told him that this is the place for him to do that. I think he has a chance to be a really special player,” added Kowalczyk who will coach the Rockets until the 2022-2023 season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownEdu also announced on his Twitter account of the news that he would be suiting up for the Rockets for the 2018-2019 Mid-American Conference season.I am Blessed, honoured and excited to commit to the University of Toledo 🙏🚀🚀 #gorockets pic.twitter.com/mCHyP0aUYS— AJ Edu (@ArielJohnEdu) April 12, 2018“I am very honored and blessed to announce that I am achieving my dream of playing Division 1 Basketball and committing to the University of Toledo,” said Edu on his post. “This is a decision that my family and I took our time and prayed over and believe is the perfect place for me to further both my basketball career and my academics.”ADVERTISEMENT Edu is part of the Gilas Pilipinas 23 for 2023 pool, the group of players the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas are training in preparation for the 2023 Fiba World Cup, and donned the tricolor in the 2017 Fiba Under 18 3×3 World Cup.“I want to thank the SBP for giving me the opportunity to represent and play for my country at the 3×3 U18 World Cup,” said Edu. “It definitely won’t be the last time I put on the Filipino jersey.”Edu averaged 18.6 points, 14.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.7 blocks, and 1.4 steals per game for South Gloucestershire & Stroud College where he earned first team All-Elite Academy Basketball League West Conference honors and was named the West Conference Defensive Player of the Year.ADVERTISEMENT AJ Edu. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonFil-Nigerian Gilas prospect AJ Edu announced that he is set to join NCAA Division-1 School University of Toledo after his stellar high school career with South Gloucestershire & Stroud College in Bristol in the United Kingdom.The school’s athletics website posted news of Edu’s commitment to the Rockets with head coach Tod Kowalczyk announcing that the 6’10” forward has signed his National Letter of Intent on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast UP ends UAAP volleyball Season 80 on high note, trips UE Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
LOS ANGELES – Comets have long lit up the sky and the imaginations of scientists. Now these icy bodies from the beginnings of the solar system are finally ready for their close-up.Six months after NASA scientists first peeked inside one comet from afar, they’re bringing pieces of another to Earth for study under the microscope.This weekend, the Stardust spacecraft will jettison a 100-pound capsule holding comet dust. It will nosedive through the Earth’s atmosphere and – if all goes well – make a soft landing in the Utah desert.The searing plunge is expected to generate a pinkish glow as bright as Venus that should be visible without a telescope across much of the West.Comets – which astronomers consider to be among the solar system’s leftover building blocks – have been scrutinized for centuries. But only in recent years have scientists had the technology to learn firsthand their ingredients.Last July, the Deep Impact spacecraft released a probe that carved a crater in a comet, exposing its interior to NASA telescopes. The Stardust mission went a step further by retrieving the first samples from a comet named Wild 2, which was about 500 million miles from Earth when Stardust launched in 1999.Comets are bodies of ice and dust that circle the sun. They formed from what was left over after about 4.5 billion years ago. Scientists believe studying comets could shed light on the solar system’s birth.“This is a true treasure,” principal investigator Don Brownlee of the University of Washington said of the Stardust capsule.But the capsule isn’t home yet.First it faces a blistering descent, piercing the atmosphere at a record-breaking 29,000 mph – the fastest re-entry of any man-made probe.Its target is Dugway Proving Ground, a Rhode Island-size Army base southwest of Salt Lake City, where in 2004, the ill-fated Genesis probe crashed on live television after its parachute failed to open. Despite that crash, scientists recovered enough solar wind atoms for study.To avoid another embarrassment, engineers checked Stardust’s systems and believe they will work, said Ed Hirst, a mission system manager at NASA’s a cloud of gas and dust collapsed to create the sun and planets La Ca?ada Flintridge -based Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which is managing the $212 million mission.Stardust traveled nearly 3 billion miles halfway to Jupiter and back, looping around the sun three times. Along the way, it also captured interstellar dust – tiny particles thought to be ancient stars that exploded and died.After five years, the 850-pound spacecraft finally reached Wild 2.During a historic 2004 flyby, Stardust sped through the comet’s coma – the fuzzy shroud of gas and dust that envelops it – to collect the microscopic samples. The particles were trapped by a catcher the size of a tennis racket, which has since been clammed up inside the capsule for the trip home.Comet particles from Stardust would represent the second robotic retrieval of extraterrestrial material since 1976, when the unmanned Soviet Luna 24 mission brought back moon samples.If all goes as planned, the main spacecraft will free the shuttlecock-shaped capsule about 69,000 miles from Earth late Saturday. Then the mothership will fire its thrusters and go into a perpetual orbit around the sun.Early Sunday, the capsule will penetrate the atmosphere. As it tumbles toward the Utah desert, the temperature on its protective heat shield will spike to 365 degrees.Traveling at supersonic speed, the capsule will release its first parachute at 100,000 feet, followed minutes later by a larger chute, which will guide it to a landing.During Genesis, helicopters were deployed to retrieve the capsule in midair, but poorly installed gravity sensors on the capsule caused its parachute to fail.For Stardust, helicopters will fly to the landing site only after the capsule has touched down. Crews will recover the capsule and bring it to a temporary clean room on the base before transferring it to the Johnson Space Center in Houston.If the weather is too snowy or windy for helicopters to fly, NASA will send off-road vehicles to the landing site.Scientists believe thousands of particles of comet and interstellar dust, most smaller than the width of a human hair, are locked inside the capsule.To determine the makeup of the particles, scientists will slice the samples into even smaller chunks and probe them under powerful microscopes, said Brownlee, the mission’s principal investigator.“We are literally bringing back samples of the solar system as they were billions of years ago,” he said.If Stardust is not on target for a weekend re-entry, engineers can command the spacecraft to fire its thrusters to a backup orbit. That would postpone its return to Earth four years. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!