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Old April 17 2010, 08:35 PM   #1
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NASA sending Robonaut 2 (R2) to ISS in Sept.2010

NASA plans to send Robonaut 2 (R2) into space. R2 will be the first human-like robot in space when it is launched on the shuttle Discovery later this year to become a permanent resident of the International Space Station (ISS).
300-pound R2 consists of a head and a torso with two arms and two hands.
With human-like hands and arms, R2 is able to use the same tools station crew members use.
For now, R2 is still a prototype and does not have adequate protection needed to exist outside the space station in the extreme temperatures of space.
Once aboard the station R2 will be confined to operations in the station's Destiny laboratory where engineers will monitor how the robot operates in weightlessness. However, future enhancements and modifications may allow it to move more freely around the station's interior or outside the complex.

This is good news as surely there will be robotic needs on the journey to the next place humans will land on.
Those hands look great. 5 fingers. I can see the uses on earth for them too.
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