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September 27, 2013
(25 April 2013) --- NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn (pictured in background), Expedition 35 Flight Engineer, performs the second of a two-day session of Taskboard and Tele-operations with R 2 onboard the International Space Station. R 2 is the dexterous humanoid robot that was carried up to the station by one of NASA's final shuttle flights in 2011. The goals for these activities were orientation and depth familiarization, individual hand grasp and hand-to-hand object transfer; and all were completed nominally. The Robonaut Tele-operation System is used to demonstrate the ability to effectively control Robonaut from the station. The research objective is to evaluate this control method in terms of its ability to perform tasks as well as measure the time necessary to complete the defined tasks. This capability will need to be developed to support future operations of Robonaut in the space environment as well as certain intravehicular activity situations. Credit: NASA