• Mar 22nd 2011 at 10:31AM
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General Motors' Robonaut 2 – Click above to view video after the jump

Robonaut 2, NASA's C-3PO lookalike, is the first humanoid robot in space, and it began duty a few days ago as a member of the Expedition 27 crew. The General Motors/NASA joint venture project went to space packed in boxes instead of a space suit, and was unpacked and assembled by flight engineers Cady Coleman and Paolo Nespoli.

In their transmission to NASA, however, Robonaut appears to have unpacked and assembled itself. For our money, the thought of a humanoid robot operating a space station is a scary enough realization of hundreds of sci-fi fantasies. The idea that Robonaut could unpack and assemble itself is a terrifying 2001: A Space Odyssey sequel waiting to happen.

Click past the jump for a video of Robonaut's unveiling.

[Source: YouTube]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      This video has more cheese than Wisconsin.

      Robonaut sad humans forgot unpacking him...
      • 4 Years Ago
      The primary adjectives used in this story – creepy, scary, terrifying – probably reveal how most people generally consider innovation. Sorry to read those negative descriptors from a medium that purportedly embraces the future, however.

      "You're no Popular Science, AutoBlog!"
        • 4 Years Ago
        In your case, it appears you have a 404 sense of humor not found error.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Astronauts are easily amused.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hopefully it'll be more like Kryton than HAL. Does it have a groin attachment and spare heads.
      • 4 Years Ago
      He looks like he's ready to engage in some space fisticuffs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This guy is way cooler than C3PO. C3PO was a little twerp, only slightly less annoying than JarJarBinks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why do they need ID badges? It's not like anyone is going to be able to sneak in. Except maybe.....ROBONAUT!
      • 4 Years Ago
      USB J1

      I wonder if that's USB 2.0 or 3.0 LOL
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Resistance is futile."
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey, space can be a lonely place so after taking a look at the chick they stuck him with....... he carefully weighed his options & decieded to call NASA & have them ship him his sex doll from home!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Note to Aaron;
      A "terrifying 2001: A Space Odyssey sequel" exists, it's called 2010.
      That is all.

      Carry on.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Gotta love space improv.
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