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Photos: Robonaut 2, NASA's Robot Butler for Astronauts

  • Robonaut 2 and Gloved Astronaut's Hands

    Robonaut 2 and Gloved Astronaut's Hands
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    CREDIT: NASA
  • Master and Servant

    Robonaut 2 will eventually assist spacewalking astronauts with tasks outside the International Space Station.
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    CREDIT: NASA
  • Robonaut 2 Flexes New Legs

    NASA's Robonaut 2 flexes its newly built legs in this still from a video demonstration of the robot's new capabilities released Dec. 9, 2013.
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    CREDIT: NASA/JSC
  • What Am I?

    NASA's Robonaut 2 strikes a post atop its new wheeled base, Centaur 2, at the Johnson Space Center Planetary Analog Test Site in Houston. The Centaur base builds off of lessons learned through the Space Exploration Vehicle, a rover for astronauts, and cou
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    CREDIT: NASA
  • NASA’s Robonaut 2 Gets Newly Developed Legs

    NASA’s Robonaut 2 Gets New Legs
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    CREDIT: NASA
  • Robonaut 2 Climbing Legs

    Robonaut 2 Climbing Legs
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    CREDIT: NASA
  • Robonaut 2: Mobility in Zero Gravity

    Robonaut 2: Mobility in Zero Gravity
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    CREDIT: NASA
  • Robonaut 2 Gains Climbing Legs

    Robonaut 2 Gains Climbing Legs
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    CREDIT: NASA
  • Robonaut 2: New Climbing Legs

    Robonaut 2: New Climbing Legs
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    CREDIT: NASA
  • Conqueror

    The Robonaut 2, or R2, droid flexes its metal muscles in triumph while riding atop its new wheeled base, Centaur 2, at the Johnson Space Center Planetary Analog Test Site in Houston.
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    CREDIT: NASA
  • Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down

    Robonaut 2’s new packing environment is designed for the unique demands of launch & spaceflight to protect the 330 pound robot.
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    CREDIT: NASA/Kim Shiflett
  • I'm the Greatest

    Robonaut 2 flexes for reporters before its upcoming launch to the International Space Station.
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    CREDIT: SPACE.com/Denise Chow
  • Going Mobile

    Robonaut B can be attached to a Segway robotic mobility platform to drive on Earth.
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    CREDIT: NASA/JSC
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Tweets?

    Robonaut 2 has a Twitter account and will be sending its first tweet with the help of its team
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    CREDIT: NASA
  • First View From Space By Robonaut 2

    This image is the first view from the camera eyes of NASA's Robonaut 2 robot on the International Space Station.
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    CREDIT: NASA/JSC
  • We Are the Robots

    Dexterous humanoid robots were developed to work side-by-side with humans on Earth and in space.
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    CREDIT: NASA
  • Carry That Weight

    Robonauts 2 surpasses previous humanoid robots in strength, yet work safely next to humans.
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    CREDIT: NASA
  • How Do You Like Me Now?

    NASA’s Robonaut appearing among the exhibits at Holloman Air & Space Expo and other venues.
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    CREDIT: NASA
  • Half Robot, Half Car

    Robonaut and a four or six-wheeled rover could explore & work on Mars’s surface or the Moon.
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    CREDIT: NASA
  • He's Got Leg, He Knows How to Use It

    Robonaut B using a “space leg” to secure itself to an ISS mockup. The apparatus provides freedom to reach a work site and anchor itself during a spacewalk.
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    CREDIT: NASA/JSC
  • Who's Going to Drive You Home Tonight?

    Robonaut B on its Segway scooter robotic mobile platform by former astronaut Bruce McCandless.
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    CREDIT: NASA/JSC
  • An American Robot

    NASA's Robonaut 2, or R2, humanoid robot poses like a champion with the American flag while sitting atop a hill and riding its  new wheeled base, Centaur 2, at the Johnson Space Center Planetary Analog Test Site in Houston.
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    CREDIT: NASA
  • Open the Box!

    Astronaut Paolo Nespoli writes, "Robonaut in its crate gets moved from PMM to the Lab. We’ll unpack it later, unless it takes over the ISS earlier!"
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    CREDIT: ESA/NASA
  • Robonaut 2 Set Free on Space Station

    NASA astronaut Cady Coleman (right) and Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli proudly display the newest resident of the International Space Station, the humanoid Robonaut 2 robot, to cameras on March 15, 2011.
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    CREDIT: NASA TV
  • Robonaut 2 Is Alive In Space

    The humanoid Robonaut 2 droid was powered up in space for the first time on Aug. 22, 2011.
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    CREDIT: NASA TV
  • First View From Space By Robonaut 2

    This image is the first view from the camera eyes of NASA's Robonaut 2 robot on the International Space Station.
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    CREDIT: NASA/JSC
  • Robonaut Opens Switch Cover

    Robonaut Opens Switch Cover
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    CREDIT: Robotnaut (via Facebook)
The International Space Station's humanoid robot helper, Robonaut 2, reaches out to touch a gloved astronaut hand in a photo that pays tribute to Michelangelo's Sistine ceiling painting.

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