Robonaut will be getting what the Little Mermaid always wanted: a pair of legs that would allow it to walk on the moon and in the ISS.
When astronaut Dan Burbank and Robonaut shook hands last month, the 'bot didn't crush every bone in Burbank's hand. That's because NASA and GM designed Robonaut to be able to work in a human environment. One handy byproduct of that research: the Human Grasp Assist device, or Robo-Glove.
If we're going to make friends with non-humans as we travel through space, we had better get used to shaking their hands. NASA got in some practice yesterday, when astronaut Dan Burbank shook hands with Robonaut on board the International Space Station.