Robotic Gecko-Like Pincers Could Help Clean Up Space Junk

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By Charles Q. Choi, Space.com

A promising new device might someday be used in maintenance robots in space to help clear up the more than 500,000 pieces of debris that are currently orbiting Earth.

Robotic pincers inspired by geckos could help collect garbage in space, a new study finds.

In experiments, the device was able to glom on to objects in the lab and even floating items within the International Space Station. Someday, such grippers could be used in maintenance robots in space or factory robots on Earth, according to the researchers, who reported the results of their study in the June 28 issue of the journal Science Robotics.

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