Historic Handshake Between Robonaut 2 and Daniel Burbank

A NASA robot, named Robonaut 2, greeted its human commander with a hearty handshake on February 15, along with a silent message: “Hello, World.” The historic handshake between man and machine, a first in space, was shared between NASA’s humanoid robot Robonaut 2, and American astronaut Daniel Burbank on the International Space Station. Robonaut 2 is a $2.5 million droid designed to be an autonomous assistant to help astronauts with complex chores to keep the space station running properly. The robot was developed through a NASA partnership with car manufacturer General Motors and is the first humanoid robot ever to fly in space.

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