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gecko-gripper robot

IT’S A BIRD, IT’S A PLANE  Aaron Parness of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory does his “best Superman” to grab a floating cube with a new gecko gripper–inspired hand in a microgravity plane.

illustration of LISA satellite

IN THE BALANCE A trio of freefloating spacecraft called  LISA (one of the satellites illustrated) will search for gravitational waves from space in a mission expected to launch in 2034.

Eclipse in Svalbard

NIGHT AND DAY  Solar physicists gained new insight into the origins of coronal mass ejections as they watched the 2015 solar eclipse darken the sky above Svalbard, Norway.

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