This Avatar Android Will Perform Life-Threatening Work on the ISS

There are certain areas of the International Space Station that most astronauts would rather not visit—like the exterior. But sometimes, somebody has to clamber around out there, looking for hull cracks. That's when the ISS calls on Russia's SAR-400 telepresence assist-droid. » 4/25/12 11:30am 4/25/12 11:30am

Dammit, I'm Supposed To Be In Space

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. » 11/06/10 6:00pm 11/06/10 6:00pm

Robonaut2: NASA's Red Shirt Who May One Day Rule the Fleet

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. » 2/04/10 8:30am 2/04/10 8:30am