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Space Shuttle and International Space Station (ISS) astronauts have completed a seven-hour spacewalk and robot-arm session, in which a number of construction and assembly tasks were completed. Part of Japan's "Kibo" ISS module was plugged in, a malfunctioning 12-foot tall 1.5-tonne Canadian robot was hopefully whipped into shape …


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  1. Andy Dingley


    The "Kibo" ISS module?

    Who said spending all your time on Usenet would never make you famous

  2. Guy

    Smiley Face?

    Seriously? Because it was a robot they thought it needed a face?

    Or am I just seeing an otherwise ordinary logo as a face?

    That white circle at the top, certainly looks like a face to me.

    Smiley symbol for obvious reasons

  3. Sean Purdy


    A Passive Common Berthing flange eh? Gosh.

  4. Anonymous Coward

    RE:Smiley Face?

    Grinning fiend! If something like that showed up at my door waving its 11 foot arms I'd be screaming like a little girl. Not getting anywhere near my Berthing Flange!

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Re: Smiley Face

    It looks like the same smiley is located on the ends of the arms as well.

  6. Snert Lee

    Don't Panic

    Want to guess what the smiley face made me think of? In a similar, but visually distinct fashion from other probably copyrighted smiley face variations, of course.

  7. Herby


    Go to (all things Kibo). Who knows he may even respond to this!

  8. Tim Brown

    How long...

    ...before the AI gives this thing sentience and it start running amok? Just think of all those high-powered satellites that could be used as weapons...

    The machines are rising!! Ruuuuun!

  9. multipharious

    Robotron - bouncing ball of death

    Guess I date myself by remembering that if one lingered too long this thing came bouncing out... It smiled too!

  10. Tim

    Re: Smiley Face

    I think that you'll find that the "smiley face" is really the CSA logo. See

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