TORONTO – Imagine having a broken arm and being able to fix it yourself. That’s pretty much what Canada’s technological pride and joy, the space station robotic arm Dextre, did this week.
On Tuesday, Dextre completed the job of replacing two cameras on Canadarm 2, the mobile base on the International Space Station, which took place over the past week. It became the first robot to perform surgery on itself while in space.
WATCH: Animation of robot repairing itself aboard the ISS
Dextre is a robot that rides along Canadarm 2, allowing it unprecedented dexterity on the Earth-orbiting scientific platform. Together, the pair make up the station’s Mobile Servicing System.
The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) live-tweeted the camera swap on Wednesday, chronicling the historic work.
— CanadianSpaceAgency (@csa_asc) May 27, 2014
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