Scientists used a robotic gripper inspired by geckos to move cubes, cylinders and beach balls on the Weightless Wonder, NASA's aircraft that dives to create moments of zero gravity. | Jiang et al.

Robotic Gecko-Like Pincers Could Help Clean Up Space Junk

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.

The underside of the gecko-inspired gripper glows as it clutches a piece of glass lit in purple. | Kurt Hickman/Stanford News Service