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Successful Deployment of University Satellites From Space Station


Expedition 46 flight engineer Tim Peake of ESA captured this photo on Jan. 29, 2016 from the International Space Station, as the robotic arm in Japan’s Kibo laboratory successfully deployed two combined satellites from Texas universities. The pair of satellites—AggieSat4 built by Texas A&M University students, …

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Space Station’s Robotic Arm Set for Arrival of Cygnus Cargo Craft


The International Space Station’s robotic arm, Canadarm2, is visible over Earth in this Nov. 27, 2015 photograph. On Dec. 6, Commander Scott Kelly and Flight Engineer Kjell Lindgren operated the Canadarm2 from inside the station’s cupola, using it for the rendezvous and grapple of Orbital ATK’s …

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International Space Station— Flying Over an Aurora


NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly captured photographs and video of auroras on June 22, 2015. Kelly wrote, “Yesterday’s aurora was an impressive show from 250 miles up. Good morning from the International Space Station!” We are always looking for extremely striking images and again, the International Space …

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ISS—Earth’s Changing Vistas


Crewmembers on the International Space Station are treated to Earth views that are constantly changing. NASA Astronaut Terry Virts, Commander of Expedition 43, ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut, Samantha Cristoforetti and Russian cosmonaut, Mikhail Kornienko, both flight engineers, enjoy the wonder of Earth’s changing vistas from the station’s cupola. …

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Curiosity Tools Provided by NASA/JPL


This view of the sun from Mars was taken from a NASA /JPL panorama that any of us can peruse and select images from. This is a new kind of

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Who’s Driving?


On June 18, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) visited Carnegie Mellon University to test and observe the performance of a robotic SUV that has been prepared to compete in DARPA’s 2007 Urban Challenge, a 60-mile race that will pit driverless vehicles against each other on a course that simulates an urban environment.

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DEPTHX Hydrobot Takes Flight In Preparation For Exploration Of Europa


DEPTHX (Deep Phreatic Thermal eXplorer) is a prototype Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) that was designed to assist in the development and testing of critical capabilities that will be utilized on NASA’s future mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa.

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Cyborg Tandem


A bicycle built for two takes on new meaning as Robot Village president and founder David Greenbaum tours the Upper West Side of Manhattan with a robotic partner. Aft peddler “555” draws wide-eyed attention in the day, and its many lights illuminate the tandem cycle’s tour of the night.

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First Space Contact – Human And Robot Explorers


As humans continue to expand their exploration and exploitation of space, robots will be their scouts, companions, teachers, extended senses, enhanced muscles and even their sharpened wits. And, considering how severely hostile the space environment is only such a partnership, such a synergistic symbiosis, seems even remotely to be a match for the extraterrestrial challenges ahead.

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Welcome To The Future


The latest version of the Honda ASIMO, announced in December, has 34 degrees of freedom and the ability to recognize the surrounding environment using visual, floor surface and ultrasonic sensors. It also receives data from an IC Tele-interaction Communication Card held by the person with whom ASIMO interacts.

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Pioneer Helps With Chernobyl Clean-Up


A reactor at Chernobyl Unit 4 in Ukraine exploded in April 1986, releasing into the environ- ment radiation that killed 32 people and poisoned countless others in the world’s worst nuclear accident. The reactor core was destroyed and the reactor building suffered extensive damage.

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Robots Assemble A Hummer

Photo and comments by Neil Johnson of Neil Johnson Photography, www.njphoto.com. Image taken from a catwalk with a Fuji S3 Pro (digital) with a 200mm lens attached to a tripod. The exposure was a full second to let the glowing sparks spread out. Fstop: f/13, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-200 zoom set at almost 200mm.

Kuka framing robots, manufactured by KUKA Roboter GmbH, www.kuka.com, assemble a Hummer on the Hummer 3 line in the state-of-the-art Shreveport, Louisiana, GM assembly plant. Photographers love it when sparks pop and fly from manufacturing robotic welders. Engineers get uncomfortable with those same sparks because it …

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A Robot Holds A Human

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The International Space Station’s robotic arm maneuvers STS-114 mission specialist Stephen K. Robinson during Space Shuttle Discovery’s recent July 26 – August 9 back-to-flight mission. The photo was taken on August 3rd, at an altitude of approximately 220 miles, during the final EVA of the mission. …

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