How a robotic tail could help future space travelers

Manuel Muccillo 

By Leigh Kamping-Carder

Astronauts train for life in microgravity, where small movements create momentum and stasis requires handholds and tethers. The concepts of “floor” and “ceiling” cease to be meaningful. As the day approaches when extra-planetary travel becomes more accessible (at least, initially, to billionaire space tourists), researchers are developing tools to ease the transition to weightless living.

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