Dextre Moves Into Place, Awaits First Call

Gigantic robot successfully added to space station
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2008 5:10 AM CDT
This image made from NASA TV, Mission Specialist Rick Linnehan works on the Canadian robot, named Dextre, Thursday March 13, 2008.    (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The giant space robot Dextre moved into his new digs last night, and now resides outside the International Space Station's Destiny lab awaiting his first marching orders. Back at Mission Control the mood is buoyant, reports the Houston Chronicle. "That really was the kind of spacewalk that when it's done, you just want to throw your hands up in the air and howl at the moon," said the project's director after the robot was in place.

Houston can now control the $209 million Canadian-designed robot remotely to perform routine maintenance. But, reports the AP, it may take months to a year before Dextre gets his first call—depending on when a suitable task comes along and how long further checks take. Endeavor's astronauts were taking a little time off today, halfway through their record 16-day mission.