Humanoid Robot in Space

Discovery astronauts prepare to blast into orbit one last time… and a humanoid robot is coming along too | Mail Online.

 

Robonaut 2

 

This story is in so many locations but the Mail is the only place I’ve found the fabulous picture of R2’s mobility options. I’ve also been told that the head is optional and didn’t accompany R2 into space, however I haven’t confirmed that and I’m not really sure I believe it.

R2’s astromaleness is also rather interesting – and indeed it pervades the rest of the pictures, including of the rest of the crew – but mainly I’m fascinated by all the decisions that were made about which bits needed to be human and which didn’t.

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