Robots in Space

Robots in Space

This month marks the launch of NASA's first human-like "Robonaut," a robot built expressly to work with astronauts on the International Space Station. We look at how humanoid robots could change the way we explore space.

This month marks the launch of NASA's first human-like "Robonaut," a robot built expressly to work with astronauts on the International Space Station. Part Star Wars Droid and part virtual reality game, humanoid robots could change the way we explore the galaxy. We examine the evolution of robotics in space.

Guests

Nic Radford

NASA Deputy Project Manager for Robonaut

Roger D. Launius

Curator, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum; co-author, "Robots in Space: Technology, Evolution and Interplanetary Travel" (Johns Hopkins University Press)

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