US space agency NASA has funded a study of "tractor beams" to gather samples for analysis in future missions.
NASA is exploring ways to use tractor beams in future robotic probe missions.
Long known in science fiction, tractor beams may be used by NASA probes to pull in tiny particles for scientific study. “optical tweezers,” “optical solenoids,” and “Bessel beams” are each under study by NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts.
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