Space Robot Flexes Arms for First Time

Mar 17, 2008 By LIZ AUSTIN PETERSON, Associated Press Writer
Space Robot Flexes Arms for First Time (AP)
This photo made from NASA TV shows shuttle astronauts Richard Linnehan and Michael Foreman outside the international space station as they work on putting together Dextre, the gigantic walking and working machine on Saturday March 15, 2008. The robot's hands were attached to its 11-foot arms during the first spacewalk of Endeavour's space station trip. This time, astronauts aimed to connect the arms to the shoulders. The Canadian-built Dextre, which cost more than $200 million and was flown up on Endeavour, is designed to assist spacewalking astronauts. The hope is that the robot eventually will take over some of the more punishing chores, like lugging around big replacement parts. (AP Photo/NASA)

(AP) -- Astronauts flexed the giant arms of the international space station's new robot for the first time, testing the brakes and maneuvering the appendages into position for a Monday night spacewalk.



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DGBEACH
not rated yet Mar 17, 2008
...a robot named Dextre, with a limp wrist...it figures
COCO
not rated yet Mar 18, 2008
I guess you have never seen the series Dexter - he is no wimp. Too bad the company who brought you Dextre and earlier versions is been bought by an Amerikan land-mine company - no doubt to build a Terminator and delay the need for a draft!

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