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Snuffing Out Wildfires With ‘Wetter’ Water; Using A Soft Robot To Land On Asteroids; Papa Dia Leadership; Big Gigantic Sound

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Aerial firefighting often stops at night because it's dangerous to maneuver in the dark, although nighttime conditions can be really good for fighting wildfires. We hear about a center in Colorado that's figuring out how to keep these aircraft flying safely. Then, spacecraft could refuel without returning to earth if they could mine asteroids -- but landing on those bodies is hard, so a Colorado scientist dreamed up a squishy robot to make it easier. And, Papa Dia has helped countless African immigrants adjust to life in Colorado. He's just been given an award for his courage. Plus, the big, gigantic music of the Boulder electronic band Big Gigantic.