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NASA Robot will receive his legs in space

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Robonaut legs, which can bend like a contortionist, are packed aboard a SpaceX supply ship that was launched on Friday at the International Space Station

Robonaut, the first humanoid in space, finally will receive his legs.

For three years has had to fix the waist up. This new pair of legs means that the experimental robot, which is now on a pedestal, will be mobile in the International Space Station.

"The legs will really expand the horizons of the robot," said Robert Ambrose, the Johnson Space Center of NASA in Houston.

It is the important step in the agency's efforts to develop robots to help astronauts. With legs, the robot 2.44 meters (8 feet) tall be able to climb anywhere in the station, performing mundane cleaning and grab items for the crew.

Robonaut legs, which can bend like a contortionist, are packed aboard a SpaceX supply ship that was launched on Friday with more than a month late. It was the fourth shipment of the private company to the station and you must arrive on Sunday morning.

Robonaut 2-R2 for short, has been waiting for.

"The legs are on the way!" Says a message on his Twitter account, @ AstroRobonaut (although it really is a spokesman who is tweeting Space Center).

The Dragon capsule Space Exploration Technologies Corp. takes about two tons of supplies and experiments, plus legs Robonaut.

Until a battery pack with another shipment arrives this year, the robot will need an extension cord to use his legs, which will limit the test area the U.S. sector of the station. Testing will begin in a few months.

Each leg - about 1.45 meters (4.8 feet) in length - has seven joints. Instead of feet have grips, each with a flashlight, a camera and a sensor to generate three-dimensional maps.

traslation: Belén Zapata