BB-8 encounters a NASA robot on a tour of Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena. All photos: NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Caltech.

Not so long ago, in our very own Milky Way galaxy, a plucky little droid named BB-8 roamed the hallowed halls of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, rubbing elbows with its robotic brethren. Happily, a photographer was on hand to capture this moment for posterity.

Have visitor’s badge, ready to tour!
First, a stop-off at the clean room where real NASA robots are made.
Photo op with JPL’s disaster relief robot, RoboSimian.
Selfie with the test double for NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover.

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