The disembodied voice of HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey is how we have come to visualize space mission robot assistants. But a new NASA video shows that our robotic space helpers will likely work shoulder-to-shoulder with humans.
The new video of the Robotnaut 2 shows the robot flipping switches and pushing buttons aboard the International Space Station during a final test that will eventually lead to its job of regularly monitoring air velocity. Robonaut 2 project manager Ron Diftler said, "This experiment is the first step in the robot relieving the crew of every dull task and, in time, giving the crew more time for science and exploration."
You can see the Robotnaut 2 working alongside its human space station buddies in the video below.