Thursday, February 24, 2011

Robonaut2 goes to space in Discovery Shuttle

If it wasn't for the space program there would be no satellite tv, today marks a landmark occasion for space missions :

As firsts and lasts go this is quite impressive.  Space Shuttle Discovery embarks on her final space mission and Robonaut2 is set to become the first humanoid robot in space ever.  This flight STS 133 has a crew of 6  -  Steve Lindsay,  Eric Boe,  Alvin Drew,  Steve Bowen,  Michael Barratt and Nicole Stott.

The versatile and dexterous Robonaut2 was developed by NASA and General Motors, is called R2 for short.  Robonaut2 will be responsible for the Twitter Feed and will be the test subject to determine how robots can be utilized in space and how they perform in space.  The long term objective is for R2 to explore   near earth objects comets, asteroids and eventually planets.

Get tweets from space
Follow Space Shuttle Discovery - mission control, live shots  -  Space Flight live

Image Credit - NASA

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