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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Robot Handshake and Greetings From Space

For the first time, human and robot shook hands in space. Event on Wednesday (15-02-2012) was also followed by greetings of robot to the world.

This event took place at an altitude of 250 kilometers above the earth, namely the International Space Station (ISS). Astronauts from the United States, Daniel Burbank, became the first man to shake hands with the robot in space.
NASA robot Robonaut 2 shakes the hand of astronaut Daniel Burbank on Feb. 15. Robonaut 2 is the first humanoid robot ever to fly in space. (Picture from: http://www.mnn.com/)
Burbank shook hands with Robonaut 2 (R2), which has a humanoid robot's body, hands and head of the camera. Robot height reaches 1.01 meter and weighs 150 pounds. "For the record, it was a firm handshake,” Burbank said in a NASA video marking the event from the ISS. Not just shaking hands, greeting R2 also makes movement using its right hand and says, "Hello, world."

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) developed a humanoid robot as an assistant to the astronauts. R2 for U.S. $ 2.5 million of this charge of maintaining the Space Station to continue operating normally. The robot was developed with a manufacturing company General Motors.

R2 project manager, Ron Diftler, satisfied with the meeting of these robots and astronauts. According to him, the meeting was an important step in the development of space robots. "The crew of Station and the robot is able to work well and we hope to continue this collaboration," he said.
NASA and General Motors have come together to develop the next generation dexterous humanoid robot. (Picture from: http://commons.wikimedia.org/)
When launched in August last year, signed up as a robot R2 is similar to the first man in space. He arrived at the ISS and continue to undergo testing.

Space robot is also reaping the popularity of social media. NASA set up a Twitter account @ AstroRobonaut for R2. Counted until Thursday (16-02-2012), nearly 53 thousand people have become followers of this account.

A twin robot R2 is also being prepared for NASA. According to the plan, the new robot will be fitted with wheels so it can be used to explore the surface of the moon or planet. *** [LIVESCIENCE | ANTON WILLIAM | KORAN TEMPO 3796]
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