Astronaut Waves Robot Arm
Japanese-built device will service equipment from Kibo laboratory
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 9, 2008 3:25 PM CDT
This image provided by NASA documents the Japanese Experiment Module, also called Kibo. This view depicts Kibo's exterior, backdropped by solar array panels for the orbital outpost.   (AP Photo/NASA)
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(Newser) – A Japanese astronaut on board the International Space Station successfully unfolded a massive robotic arm from the newly installed Kibo laboratory today, Reuters reports. The arm moved slightly on Saturday, but today’s extension of the 33-foot device was the first full test, reports. The Japanese-built robot had nothing to grab; the equipment the arm will tend to arrives next year.