HOUSTON (CBS Tampa) – It’s not exactly the holographic doctor from Star Trek, but NASA is working on the next best thing… a humanoid robot that can handle medical emergencies in space.
There’s already one Robonaut (its name is R2) on board the International Space Station.
It’s been a crew member since 2011.
Dr. Zsolt Garami of Houston Methodist Research Institute is training it to conduct medical procedures with the guidance of Earth-bound physicians.
The human doctor remains on the ground, and guides R2 by watching through a camera in its head.
The goal is to lighten the load for astronauts, who are required to have medical training before blasting off. A robot doctor would be one less thing for them to forget.
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