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Apollo 15 (July 26 – August 7, 1971) was the fourth crewed mission to land on the Moon. It was the first J mission, with a longer stay on the Moon (July 30 – August 2) and a greater focus on science, including the first Lunar Roving Vehicle. David Scott and James Irwin landed near Hadley Rille and spent 18+1⁄2 hours on extravehicular activity, collecting 170 pounds (77 kg) of surface material. At the same time, Alfred Worden orbited the Moon, operating the sensors in the SIM bay of the service module. During the return trip, Worden performed the first spacewalk in deep space. The Apollo 15 mission splashed down safely, with all goals accomplished, but was marred when it emerged that the crew had carried unauthorized postal covers to the lunar surface, some of which were sold by a West German stamp dealer. The crew was reprimanded for poor judgment, and did not fly in space again. The mission also saw the collection of the Genesis Rock, thought to be part of the Moon's early crust, and Scott used a hammer and a feather to demonstrate Galileo's theory that absent air resistance, objects fall at the same rate regardless of mass. (Full article...)
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Filipino singer and actress Regine Velasquez has received numerous awards and nominations for her work in music, film, and television. Velasquez is the recipient of 2 Asian Television Awards, 2 MTV Asia Awards, 21 Awit Awards, 22 Box Office Entertainment Awards, 15 Aliw Awards, and 10 Star Awards for Music. In film, she earned the Box Office Queen award for the romantic drama Pangako Ikaw Lang (2001) and won the Golden Screen Award for Best Actress for the comedy Of All the Things (2013). Velasquez has also accrued television honours in acting and hosting categories. For playing a mentally challenged woman in the drama series Maalaala Mo Kaya (2002), she received the Star Awards for Television Best Actress – Drama. She also won Best Female TV Host and Best Talent Search Program Host for the television musicals SOP (Sobrang Okey Pare!) (2005) and Pinoy Pop Superstar (2006), respectively. Velasquez has been the recipient of many honorary awards, including the Golden Artist Award by the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences in 2006 and the Dangal Ng Musikang Pilipino Award by the Philippine Association of the Record Industry in 2012. (Full list...)
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