NASA’s humanoid robot aptly known as Robonaut has awakened from its slumber – in space, to boot. This was made possible as ground controllers sent the word to have Robonaut up and running, marking its “birth” ever since it was delivered to the International Space Station (ISS) in February this year. Among the tests included the sending of juice to all of the Robonaut’s systems, but movement of the Robonaut will have to wait until next week.
Robonaut tweeted, “Those electrons feel GOOD! One small step for man, one giant leap for tinman kind.” Of course, when we say that, Robonaut did not literally have its turn in front of a computer and keyboard, but rather, a Robonaut team member did so on its behalf.
A quartet of light cameras will be in place of Robonaut’s eyes, while an infrared camera is located in the robot’s mouth for much needed depth perception. Robonaut’s stomach will not hold any digestive enzymes, but rather, will carry the “brain” that sends commands all over the rest of the body.
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