Robonaut Wakes Up In Space


After months of patiently snoring away in its storage bag, Robonaut 2 – the first dexterous humanoid robot in space – finally got its wakeup call on Monday.

R2, as the robot is called, was delivered to the International Space Station on STS-133 – the last flight of space shuttle Discovery – in February, but due to the astronaut’s busy schedule of shuttle missions and science experiments, the station crew hadn’t been able to do more than unpack it. Until now.

On Monday, Mission Specialists Mike Fossum and Satoshi Furukawa hooked R2 up inside the Destiny laboratory, and teams on the ground sent power to the robot for the first time in space.

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