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NASA Robot Runs Into Snag After It’s Unpacked On Space Station

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Posted January 6, 2015

We’re all a little scared (in the impressed-with-technology sense!) of Robonaut, that robot on the International Space Station that is expected to start using legs to move around in the next few months. Eventually, it could even do repairs on the outside — saving astronauts time and keeping them safer.

An example of some of the tasks Robonaut 2 can perform. Credit: NASA

An example of some of the tasks Robonaut 2 can perform. Credit: NASA

This fun timelapse video shows Expedition 42 astronaut Terry Virts taking the robot out from what looks like a suitcase on the wall. After he set up Robonaut, however, the machine ran into a few problems.

“The ground teams deployed software and received telemetry from Robonaut. However, [they] were unable to obtain the commanded leg movement that was planned for the day. Ground teams are assessing a forward plan,” NASA wrote in the last ISS update concerning the robot, in mid-December.

 

Source: Universe Today, written by Elizabeth Howell

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