Robotic Astronaut Awakens Aboard Int'l Space Station, Loss Of Contact With ISS Imminent

August 23, 2011


Seen here ready to punch a hole through a viewing portal and kill everyone on board, Robonaut 2 (I killed the first one) poses for the camera. Robonaut just woke from from his slumber aboard the International Space Station, and is ready to get to work picking off its crew members one by one. I'm serious, I just saw him slip something into the space ice cream! Don't worry -- I'll dispose of it all in my cabin.

Ground controllers turned Robonaut 2 on Monday for the first time since it was delivered to the International Space Station in February. The test involved sending power to all of Robonaut's systems. The robot was not commanded to move; that will happen next week.

"Those electrons feel GOOD! One small step for man, one giant leap for tinman kind," Robonaut posted in a Twitter update.

The four visible light cameras that serve as Robonaut's eyes turned on in the gold-colored head, as did the infrared camera, located in the robot's mouth and needed for depth perception. One of Robonaut's tweets showed the view inside the American lab, Destiny.

"Sure wish I could move my head and look around," Robonaut said in the tweet.

Oh you'd like that, wouldn't you, Robonaut?! WELL TOO BAD! *hacks NASA, reprograms Astrobot to self destruct* So like, can I get one of those cool NASA mission patches for saving the lives of everyone on board? "Stay put, the authorities should be arriving shortly." OMG -- am I gonna be in a parade?!?!

Robot astronaut wakes up in space [cbcnews]

Thanks to SmellzLikeSheez (I'm sorry, it was the breakfast burrito) and Matt G, who agree the only good robot in space is one set on a course directly at the sun.

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