Pictured in an electromagnetic interference test chamber at Houston's Johnson Space Center on June 2, Robonaut 2 is literally speechless, but that doesn't mean he can't communicate.
The robot, whose dexterity approaches human levels, is tweeting up a storm, with help from its handlers—and will continue doing so, in space, this fall. Developed by NASA and GM, "R2" is to report for duty in November aboard the International Space Station. There, the robot, via commands from Houston, is to take on dull or dangerous tasks.
Despite an expected hectic schedule, R2 should still have time to weigh in on everything from Star Trek to, well, Star Wars. "I idolize Data's positronic mind," R2's handlers tweeted August 10, "but C3PO is rockin' the gold!"