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NASA Will Send Robonaut’s Doc Ock Legs to the ISS Today With SpaceX, and You Can Watch With Us

Let's build a robot Doctor Octopus and put him in charge of a space station. What could go wrong?

[Update] Whoops! There was a problem with the Falcon 9 rocket, so Robonaut is going to have to wait a little longer to meet his other half. The next attempt is scheduled for Friday.

NASA’s Doctor Octonaut Robonaut 2 has been patiently awaiting the arrival of his robotic Doc Ock legs as he sits completely immobile on a support post. Today, his lower half is launching to the ISS aboard the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft at 4:58PM ET, and then he’ll be able to move freely about the space station and free up human astronauts for more complex tasks.

You can watch live coverage from NASA starting shortly before the launch.

Robonaut has been on board the ISS since February 2011, but it hasn’t been as much help to astronauts as it could be, because it can’t get around the zero gravity environment on its own. Once it gets its new legs, it’ll be able to maneuver around the inside and outside of the space station, handle simple tasks instead of using valuable astronaut time on them, and become our supreme overlord.

He’s pretty excited about it, which we learned from his Twitter. Yes, NASA’s robot astronaut tweets. (Or has a human do it for him.)

Here’s Robonaut dancing around and displaying his superiority to his feeble human servants:

(NASA via Twitter)

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