"While it might be just a single step for this robot, it's really a giant leap
forward for tinmankind," said Rob Ambrose, acting chief of Johnson Space
Center's automation, robotics and simulation division in Houston. Ambrose
was referring to Robonaut 2, aka R2, who may not have his legs or torso
yet, but he is going into space this week on the final flight of the
space shuttle Discovery.