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ORAC
10th Mar 2008, 07:31
Canadian space robot Dextre on Nasa mission (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/03/10/wnasa110.xml) :D:D I wonder when the Galactica will turn up....

A "monstrous" two-armed space robot will be assembled by astronauts later this week during a 16-day mission, Nasa's longest.

Dextre, the robot, will arise like a science fiction "Frankenstein" from the space shuttle Endeavour's transport bed. Garrett Reisman, one of seven astronauts who will blast off from Cape Canaveral early Tuesday morning, admitted that he was a little nervous about the 12-foot-high robot, with 11-foot arms and a shoulder span of nearly 8 feet.

"Now I wouldn't go as far to say that we're worried it's going to go run amok and take over the space station or turn evil or anything because we all know how it's operated and it doesn't have a lot of its own intelligence," he told AP news.

"But I'll tell you something. He's enormous and to see him with his giant arms, it is a little scary. It's a little monstrous. Almost like it's Frankenstein's monster coming alive."

Built by the Canadian Space Agency, Dextre - short for dexterous and pronounced like Dexter - will play and important role at the International Space Station, allowing the laboratory's crew to manoeuvre large objects and perform delicate tasks without donning their spacesuits for time-consuming and potentially risky space walks.

Dextre can pivot at the waist and has seven joints per arm. The robot's grippers have built-in socket wrenches, cameras and lights. The automaton will be attached to the end of the space station's arm and will be able to ride by itself along on a purpose built railway.

"I feel kind of like dad on Christmas Eve, you know, opening up this present and trying to put it together for the son or daughter and going, 'Whoa, what have I gotten myself into here with this 'some assembly required' part of the space station," said Navy Captain Michael Foreman, one of the Endeavour's astronauts.


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arcniz
10th Mar 2008, 07:40
Aw, c'mon ORAC. You're just makin' these things up. Nice pic, tho!