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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.

Kepler-452b and Kepler-22b

PLANETARY COUSINS Planets may be lumped into two groups: smaller and rocky like Kepler-452b (left), or bigger and gassy like Kepler-22b (right).

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