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Cover: Cover design by Tim Warchocki. Clockwise from top left: Artist’s rendering of a BioSuit™ emphasizes how it aids maneuverability, courtesy of Professor Dava Newman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Artist’s concept of a swarm of mass driver deflection spacecraft approaching a target asteroid, courtesy of SpaceWorks Engineering, Inc. (SEI), artwork by Nathan Phail-Liff; Artist’s concept of a Directed Aerial Robot Explorer balloon platform on Mars, courtesy of Global Aerospace Corporation (K. Nock), the European Space Agency/Deutsches Zentrum für Luft-und Raumfahrt e.V./Freie Universität Berlin (G. Neukum), and A. Pankine; Artist’s concept of the New Worlds Observatory starshield, courtesy of NASA and Northrop Grumman Company; Three-dimensional rendering of Earth, courtesy of Martin Kornmesser, Hubble European Space Agency Information Centre.

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