Space Robot Taking Shape

Astronauts begin assembling Dextre, despite early glitch
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 14, 2008 9:11 AM CDT
This image made from NASA TV Thursday, March 13, 2008, shows astronauts venturing out on the first spacewalk of Endeavour's space station mission yesterday. (AP Photo/NASA-TV)   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Astronauts began assembling a 12-foot robot named Dextre last night outside the international space station. The overnight spacewalking mission hit a slight glitch when the robot failed to power up, but NASA officials expect to resolve it soon, the Houston Chronicle reports. Spacewalks on Saturday and Monday will be needed to finish Dextre, who will then take over much of the space station's construction.

“We don't have our hair on fire, but we're working it," said a NASA spokesman. The robot’s Canadian design team is developing a software patch that should help the robot plug in. The astronauts also installed a Japanese stoarage module to the station, the first part of a new laboratory wing scheduled for completion in May.