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NASA unveils next generation astronaut - an android

• Terrence Aym
NASA and contractor General Motors have officially unveiled the next-generation of space explorer, an android named Robonaut2 (R2). Designed by leading robotic engineers and artificial intelligence programmers, R2 pushes the envelope of smart machine technology. Robonaut 2 has numerous embedded sensors, five-fingered hands and the ability to interface with human astronauts. NASA envisions R2 working hand in robotic hand with humans during orbital missions. The space agency plans to use the android for solitary tasks that may be deemed to dangerous for a human to undertake.

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