back to article NASA puts an Astrobee to work sweeping the ISS. Yep, floating cube good at taking pics and hanging around....

NASA has conjured imaginings of an orbital Roomba after boasting of a "sweep" of the ISS interior by an Astrobee robot as hardworking 'nauts keep the outpost up and running. Sadly, the "sweep" in question was merely a potter around the interior of the aging space station for inspection and documentation purposes while NASA's …

  1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge
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    Bacronym Creator

    "NASA's SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellite)"

    Something the US is very, very good at (on the whole) Acronyms/Bacronyms. Do US orgs and corps actually have people with the specific job of coming up with them? Is there a graduate course one can attend with the aim of having that job title?

    1. John Gamble

      Re: Bacronym Creator

      "Something the US is very, very good at (on the whole) Acronyms/Bacronyms. Do US orgs and corps actually have people with the specific job of coming up with them? Is there a graduate course one can attend with the aim of having that job title?"

      Yes, it's part of the MFA degree program. Required courses include "How to Use Helvetica Everywhere", and "When to Reverse the 'R' -- An Overview of Retrofuturism".

      1. Glen 1 Silver badge
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        Re: Bacronym Creator

        Surely that would be Яetrofuturism?

        or possibly even Яetroꟻuturism?

  2. don't you hate it when you lose your account Silver badge

    You can never

    Watch Silent Running too many times.

    1. DJO Silver badge

      Re: You can never

      You'd want to alternate that with Dark Star - can't beat a chatty bomb.

  3. Zuagroasta

    Abrahamic religions and robots

    Why are Christians so afraid of robots?

    No other culture insists on the inevitable and exclusive evil of mechanical thinking machines; the Jews have their ambivalent Golem, Asians love them and Muslims seem to have no problem.

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