- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

In this photo by Kim Kwang Hyon, a visitor takes photos of an illuminated globe while others watch at the new Pyongyang Science and Technology Complex in North Korea. The country says it plans to launch an Earth observation satellite on a rocket between Feb. 8 and 25. After a string of failures, North Korea successfully put a satellite into orbit in 2012, but foreign experts say it only stayed in orbit for a short time. The new satellite, if it succeeds in reaching orbit, is expected to last four years, North Korea says. The Unha 3 rocket and “Bright Star” satellite used in 2012 are ubiquitous symbols of North Korea’s technological successes inside the country. The new science complex in the capital has an Unha rocket model, along with mockups of North Korean military rockets, and Unha models are commonly seen in playgrounds, propaganda posters and even at flower shows held in honor of the national leaders’ birthdays.

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