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Astronauts give tune-up to space robot

March 15, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Power is now flowing to a new robot at the international space station. Astronauts used the station's mechanical arm to grab and stream electricity to the robot named Dextre Friday night. The Canadian-built robot had sat dormant for two days outside the station as a cable design flaw prevented power from reaching it.

The issue had threatened the space shuttle Endeavour's construction mission and astronauts were thrilled to hear the robot was powered up.

With the successful power bypass, NASA is keeping on track Saturday night's spacewalk to hook the robot's 11-foot arms to its torso.

The 200 million-dollar robot is designed to be a helper for astronauts conducting spacewalks.

NASA is promising a full investigation to determine how and why the design flaw happened.


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