NASA’s First Robotic Astronaut

On November 2, NASA unveiled a prototype of Robonaut 2, the world’s first human-like robotic astronaut, during a pre-launch news briefing at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Science & Technology Writer Edwin Aguirre of UMass Lowell’s Public Affairs Office was there to cover the event. R2, as the robot is fondly called, was scheduled to fly to the International Space Station last week aboard the space shuttle Discovery, but a series of technical glitches and bad weather forced the shuttle to delay its launch until November 30 at the earliest. R2 is designed to assist human astronauts in maintenance and repair work in the space station.

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