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Dextre, the International Space Station's versatile robot - Illustration


2018-03-09 - Quick facts on Dextre, the International Space Station's versatile robot. (Credit: Canadian Space Agency)

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Servicing the ISS since 2008

  • Performs maintenance work like changing batteries and replacing cameras
  • Reduces the number of risky spacewalks for astronauts
  • Works with portable tools that can refuel mock satellites, detect ammonia leaks, and soon, scan the ISS in high definition
  • Is operated by controllers on the ground at NASA or the Canadian Space Agency (CSA)

Fun facts

  • Works mostly when astronauts are sleeping.
  • Most sophisticated space robot ever built.
  • Handles gear as small as a toaster or as large as a refrigerator.
  • Only robot to have repaired itself in space.
  • About 400 km above Earth
  • 1,560 kg
  • 3.7 m tall

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Photo taken on March 9, 2018

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