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      • Japan Sends Long Electric Whip Into Orbit, To Tame Space Junk

        A cable that's as long as six football fields has been launched into orbit — and when it's deployed, it'll test an idea to knock out debris that threatens astronauts and spacecraft.

      • Encore: Astronaut John Glenn Recalls Historic Orbit Of Earth

        Astronaut John Glenn — who was one of NASA's original Mercury Seven — was the first American to orbit Earth. He flew the mission in just under five hours, circling the globe three times in a capsule named Friendship 7. Glenn, who says he recalls the mission as if it were just last week, told NPR's Audie Cornish he doesn't want the U.S. to lose sight of the future and America's role in outer space. This story originally aired on Feb. 20, 2012 on All Things Considered.

      • Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters Vow To Fight Through Fierce Winter

        The teeth of winter are closing on the makeshift camp in North Dakota where demonstrators are trying to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. Some are heeding tribal calls to leave, while others are digging in. But the company building the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline was in federal court Friday, trying to overturn a decision by the Army Corps of Engineers blocking the project.

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