NASA is sending 2 R5 "Valkyrie" robots to universities (MIT and Northeastern University), that participated in 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge, for research and development a robotic astronaut that will help and assist real astronauts in space.

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If one thing has been learned in the last half century, it's that sending astronauts into the harsh, unforgiving environment of space is both dangerous and expensive. To find a way to minimize risk and cost, NASA is sending a pair of prototype humanoid robots back to school. The space agency is giving two R5 "Valkyrie" robots to university groups at MIT and Northeastern University for advanced research and development of ]]>robotic astronauts]]> that could act as vanguards for manned missions or as assistants for humans traveling to Mars.