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How Plausible Are All Those Mission: Impossible Gadgets, Anyway?

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It’s been 22 years since Tom Cruise infiltrated a CIA vault suspended from a wire in the first Mission: Impossible flick.

This summer, Cruise reprises his role as secret agent Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible–Fallout, the sixth installment in the $2.8 billion–grossing series.

Our mission: consulting computer scientists, planetary physicists, engineers, and biohackers to find out what’s actually achievable and what’s still, you know, impossible.

Hunt scales the exterior of the world’s tallest building using a pair of electronically powered gloves.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is developing “gecko grippers” capable of grabbing space debris.

Agent Hanaway pops in a contact lens with facial-recognition abilities.

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