Robonaut 2 sends tweets from space station

On September 7, 2011, in Robotics, by Mike Jefferson

Today, humanoid robots can run, walk, talk, and even sing, but currently, there aren’t many humanoid robots in space, expect the Robonaut 2 that was sent to space station by NASA. Speaking of Robonaut 2, or R2 for short, you’ll be pleased to hear that R2 is now sending tweets from space.

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We have seen many robots come from NASA during the years which have been sent into space , but none of them looked so much like a human, until now. The new model known as R2 will be the first robot in outer space that will actually help the astronauts with their research.

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Back to the Future? Not exactly. It’s NASA! Those in America got the chance to enjoy a first look at NASA’s new oldschool design Orion spacecraft that will be taking humans back to the surface of the moon by the year 2020. The Orion Exploration Vehicle is part of a new fleet of vehicles that will make 21st Century space exploration possible. Weighing in at more than 8,000 kilograms, the Orion crew exploration vehicle is targeted to begin carrying humans to the International Space Station in 2015 and then to the moon in 2020, fifty years after man first stepped foot on its surface.

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How would you like to help two miniature alien motorcyclists and an ATV rider that have crash landed on Earth to rebuild their space ship so that they can go home? This is the story behind the Space Bikers game app sent in to us for a review by Chillingo, already available for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

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Well the screenshot below certainly points to the fact that its near or is Google planning on something else? But how soon? No one knows for sure. What you see below is abit of code someone spotted from a javascript file included within the Google Pack, which is a set of freely available tools and softwares for all users in order to enjoy a full range of Google related services and more. So when is it coming? Hopefully soon!

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[via Gearfuse]

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