There's nothing like a good, firm handshake. Especially when it's with a robot, and you're in space. Yesterday, NASA's Robonaut completed its systems checks aboard the International Space Station — and celebrated with a handshake.
Robonaut, the robot now living inside the International Space Station. I find his tweets disturbing, especially this one after his awakening: "ISS, you are looking good this morning." Maybe it's because it reminds me of the aesthetic of Alien.
With the Space Shuttle Discovery's STS-133 launch delayed for the time being, this poor humanoid gets thrown back into storage. Though I gotta admit, the foaminess of his storage crate looks makes it a pretty solid resting place.
When the Robonaut shoots into space on its very first mission aboard STS-133, it will not do so in style.
Back in the 60s, astronauts had to compete with monkeys to make their way into space. Today, NASA and GM have developed a new trainable, expendable crew member. Its name is Robonaut2.