Hell yes, finally NASA is getting on the ball by prepping an army of robots to take on the baddies of space. These robots are going to kick ass and take names. And by kicking ass and taking names we really mean fully assist the human astronauts in the daunting day-to-day chores of space travel. The first robot, the Robonaut, is a robot designed to assist the astronaut with daily tasks and, if there's time, a little space love. The next robot is the Tendril, it is a robot-like snake that can get into small places and has a camera integrated for observation. The Scout is a robotic golf cart that will truck the astronauts around with all of their supplies. And by far the coolest robot is the Spidernaut, this is a 600-pound, eight-legged robot that walks around on the outside of the spaceship repairing various parts. According to the top NASA brainiacs, this 600-pound spider is designed in such a way that it would do less potential damage to the spacecraft than a human would. Expect to start seeing some of these robots within the next year and a half and expect to start seeing them in your nightmares tonight.
NASA concocting robots for space [Cnet News]