“Check me out. I’m in space!”
Maybe it doesn’t exactly have the same ring to it as “…One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind…” but it is something of a big deal nonetheless.
After several delays in breaking the surly bonds of Earth, and two and a half weeks in foam packing, Robonaut 2 – the first humanoid robot ever launched into space – tweeted his arrival (via a ground-based NASA employee) to the final frontier.
Robonaut 2 was delivered to the International Space Station on the shuttle Discovery, which carried the robot on its last voyage into space.
Testing of Robonaut 2 is scheduled to begin in May. Controlled by a robotics team at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Robonaut 2 is designed to serve its human masters as an assistant.