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NASA’s Robot Butler “Robonaut 2” Shows Off Prehensile Legs, Is As Terrifying As We Predicted

We are still calling it Doctor Octonaut and that's a fact.

A few months ago, we told you that NASA’s robot butler, the Robonaut 2, was being fitted with Doctor Octopus legs which will probably cause your untimely demise. To prove that all our night terrors about Doc Octonaut have been accurate, Space.com put together this compilation of Robonaut’s leg actions set to Strauss’s “Blue Danube.”

The 2.5 million dollar robot has had prehensile legs designed in order to better assist astronauts on the International Space Station, and perhaps even take over some of their duties (like murdering for fun, we can only assume). Did we mention its knees have seven joints which bend in all different directions? Oh, and the legs span over 9 feet, which is more than long enough to crush your tiny, human body.

They’ve cutely nicknamed Robonaut 2 “the R2 unit,” but there is no way you can tell me this dancing leg-monster of doom has anything to do with the best little Astromech droid in the ‘verse.

(via Space.com, image via YouTube)

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Sam Maggs is a writer and televisioner, currently hailing from the Kingdom of the North (Toronto). Her first book, THE FANGIRL'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY will be out soon from Quirk Books. Sam’s parents saw Star Wars: A New Hope 24 times when it first came out, so none of this is really her fault.