There’s nothing like a good, firm handshake. Especially when it’s with a robot, and you’re in space. Yesterday, NASA’s Robonaut completed its systems checks aboard the International Space Station — and celebrated with a handshake.
Obama can sleep tight tonight, knowing that the Robonaut R2 has finally been unpacked aboard the ISS. However, he’s not actually been activated – not until May, anyway. [Robonaut via Plastic Pals]
Back in the ’60s, astronauts had to compete with monkeys to make their way into space. Today, NASA and GM have developed a new trainable, expendable crew member. Its name is Robonaut2.