The Power of Two: How Humans and Robots Explore Space

Jul 19 & 20

From robotic scouting missions, to space station construction, to opening the planetary frontiers, there has been a growing relationship between robots and humans. The first robotic scouts to the Moon answered key science and engineering questions, paving the path for the Apollo landings. Now Mars is under the robotic magnifying glass, both from orbit and from its surface. The International Space Station was constructed using robotic arms and manipulators, as well as space walks. The next generation of human explorers will have the advantage of even more capable robotic aids and support systems. This talk explores the evolving nature of the relationship between humans and robots engaged in the exploration of space.

Mr. Brian Wilcox
Manager of Space Robotics Technology, Solar System Exploration Directorate

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