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Robotics Related Sites

An artistic concept of a human-like robot working outside a spacecraftNASA will use robots like Robonaut to go on the equivalent of a human spacewalk. Image Credit: NASA The Robotic Exploration of Space (All Ages)
This timeline summarizes the history of robotic exploration, which has paved the way for humans in space.

Robotics Education Bookmark (All Ages)
The information on the bookmark promotes the NASA Robotics Education website.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Robotics Program (Grades 5-Adult)
Find detailed descriptions of the activities of the Mobility and Robotic Systems section, as well as related robotics efforts taking place at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California.

Mars Exploration Program (All Ages)
The site has past, present and future Mars mission information. It contains Mars facts, images, photo journals, spacecraft animation and the latest news on Mars exploration activities.

Robonaut (Grades 5-Adult)
Robonaut is a humanoid robot that can function as an extravehicular activity astronaut. This website describes Robonaut's mechanisms, avionics and computational architecture.

Technology at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Grades 5-Adult)
At NASA's lead center for creating robotic spacecraft and rovers, JPL engineers build smart machines that can perform very complicated tasks while millions of miles from home.

NASA and GM Take Giant Leap in Robotic Technology (Grades 8-Adult)
Meet Robonaut 2, or R2. NASA and General Motors worked together to build this new humanoid robot capable of working side by side with people.

NASA and GM Developing Robotic Gloves for Human Use (Grades 8-Adult)
NASA and General Motors are developing a robotic glove to help workers do their respective jobs better while potentially reducing the risk of repetitive stress injuries.

New Millennium Program (All Ages)
The NMP provides a critical bridge from initial concept to exploration-mission use. Through NMP, selected technologies are demonstrated in the "laboratory" of space that can't be replicated on Earth.

Canadarm2 and the Mobile Servicing System  (Grades 5-Adult)
This robotic system plays a key role in space station assembly and maintenance: moving equipment and supplies around the station, supporting astronauts working in space, and servicing instruments and other payloads attached to the space station.

A student controls a robot as it moves across a white platformStudents compete in the regional FIRST Robotics Competition at the Washington, D.C., Convention Center on Feb. 28, 2009. Image Credit: NASA/Bill IngallsFrom the Lab to the Moon (Grades 5-Adult)
Beginning in 1959, robotic pioneers voyaged from Earth to the moon. They provided scientists and engineers with vital data about the lunar environment. Their flybys, impacts and soft touchdowns gave NASA the confidence needed to proceed with human exploration of Earth's nearest neighbor.

Robotic Lunar Lander (All Ages)
A NASA team is building the next generation of robotic landers.

Robotics Alliance Project (Grades 4-Adult)
The Robotics Alliance Project actively supports three national robotics competitions: Best Robotics, Botball Robotics and the FIRST Robotics Competition. The Robotics Alliance Project houses a clearinghouse of robotics-related educational materials.

People Are Robots, Too. Almost (Grades 8-Adult)
Biologically inspired robots are not just an ongoing fascination in movies and comic books; they are being realized by engineers and scientists all over the world.

High-Tech Robot Skin (Grades 8-Adult)
Goddard technologist Vladimir Lumelsky believes the future of robotics lies with the development of a high-tech, sensor-embedded covering that would be able to sense the environment, much like human skin.

NASA Goes Inside a Volcano, Monitors Activity (Grades 8-Adult)
Scientists have placed high-tech "spiders" inside and around the mouth of Mount St. Helens. Networks such as these could one day be used to respond rapidly to an impending eruption.

How to Drive a Robot (Grades 8-Adult)
Learn about key sensing technologies and algorithms such as stereo vision, laser ranging, visual localization, and their application to wheeled and legged vehicles on Earth and Mars.

NASA Digital Learning Network™
The Digital Learning Network™ is about connecting with the next generation of explorers. Free, interactive programs allow educators and students to learn more about their home planet and the universe beyond through webcasts. Students of all ages can participate in live events featuring NASA experts and education specialists.

Check out these titles about robotics:
-- Mapping the Moon With WALL-E (K-8)
-- Introduction to Robotics in the Classroom (5-8)
-- Mission to Mars Expedition: Part 1 (5-12)
-- Mission to Mars Expedition: Part 2 (5-12)
-- Spacebots (K-12)


Students Gain Love of Space With Summer Camp
Teachers commonly ask students to share summer experiences. This year a few can say that they controlled satellites on the International Space Station!

NASA and BSA Introduce New Robotics Merit Badge
NASA and the Boy Scouts of America developed the new badge because of the wide-reaching impact of robotics and the role STEM will continue to play in young people’s lives.

Student Contest: Watch, Cheer and Send Questions
Watch as students from Southern California put their LEGO robots to the test.

Students Make a Difference
A FIRST LEGO League team of fifth-graders proposes a device to keep drivers from texting or talking on cell phones while driving.

Prototype Education Applications a Hit With Students
NASA recently gave students the opportunity to test education applications developed with video gaming technology.

NASA to Launch Human-Like Robot to Join Space Station Crew
NASA will launch the first human-like robot to space later this year to become a permanent resident of the International Space Station. Robonaut 2, or R2, was developed jointly by NASA and General Motors under a cooperative agreement to develop a robotic assistant that can work alongside humans, whether they are astronauts in space or workers at GM manufacturing plants on Earth.

Sugar and Spice
The all-girl "Space Cookies" robotics team is gearing up for its fifth season of FIRST Robotics.

College Team Wins Half-Million Dollar NASA Lunar Robot Prize
Paul's Robotics, a team led by college student Paul Ventimiglia of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, won the $500,000 first prize in the 2009 Regolith Excavation Challenge that concluded Oct. 18. Terra Engineering of Gardena, Calif., won the second place prize of $150,000, and the $100,000 third place prize went to Team Braundo of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.

Robot Armada Might Scale New Worlds
An armada of robots may one day fly above the mountain tops of Saturn's moon Titan, cross its vast dunes and sail in its liquid lakes.

Hand In Hand
Humans and robots work together toward the future of space exploration.

New York, New York
Students build and program robotic rovers during a Proyecto Access course at Hostos Community College in the Bronx borough of New York City.

Look What We Did
Students from Shreveport, La., shared their research into multitasking robotic claws with a panel of NASA experts.

Calculated Risk
A former classroom teacher turned his ideas for using calculator-controlled robots to teach middle school math into a NASA educator guide that can be used by anyone.

Having a Ball With Robots
Botball challenges students to learn about robotics while having fun.

Still Roving on Mars
Mars Exploration Rovers have been studying Mars since January 2004. Take a closer look at how they work.

The NASA Robotics Curriculum Clearinghouse
NASA established a Robotics Curriculum Clearinghouse website as part of its agency-wide Robotics Education Project. The RCC site lists robotics-related curricula currently available to educators.

A Family Affair
One of the things these brothers have in common is their robotics work at NASA.

The Path to Success
An internship working with robots at NASA was a key step toward the future for Ray Collins.

Where It All Began
A conference will kick off the 30th anniversary of Viking, NASA’s first Mars-landing mission.

Making Tracks on Mars
Spirit and Opportunity's sibling keeps Mars exploration down-to-Earth at a New Mexico museum.

What Is LRO?

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is NASA's first step toward returning humans to the moon.
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What Is Robotics?
Robots make many NASA projects possible.
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What Is Robonaut?
Robonaut is a new NASA robot to help astronauts.
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Page Last Updated: March 26th, 2014
Page Editor: NASA Administrator