Robot/Astronaut Greeting in ASL

February 22, 2012 in Uncategorized
Robot/Astronaut Greeting in American Sign Language:

R2 ASL near & far

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A NASA robot built to ease the daily lives of astronauts in space greeted its human commander with a hearty

handshake on Feb. 15, along with a silent message: “Hello, World.”

The historic handshake between man and machine —a first in space —was shared between NASA’s humanoid robot, named Robonaut 2, and American astronaut Daniel Burbank on the International Space Station.

“For the record, it was a firm handshake,” Burbank said in a NASA video marking the event. “Very nice… nice job on

the programming and all the engineering. Quite an impressive robot.”

After the handshake, Robonaut 2 used its dexterous hands to say “Hello, world” in American Sign Language. The message

is a traditional programming phrase and was also the first greeting sent out over Robonaut 2’s Twitter account

@AstroRobonaut, NASA officials said in a statement.

Robonaut 2, or R2 as it is known at NASA, is a $2.5 million droid designed to be an autonomous assistant to help astronauts with complex chores to keep the space station running properly.

The robot was developed through a NASA partnership with car manufacturer General Motors and is the first humanoid robot ever to fly in space. ”

Thanks to Linda and Mike