NASA Has A Robot, Which Might Die On Mars So We Don't Have To

Meet Valkyrie. It's a robot designed for NASA as part of a competition by the organisation's Johnson Space Center. Don't get too attached; he's designed to go to very faraway places we really shouldn't be going. At least not until we're ready.

Standing nearly two metres tall and weighing in at 125kg, it's humanoid in design because it's designed to use our equipment and simulate things real humans will be doing. Only, it'll be the first one doing it, on places like Mars, so that no/fewer humans have to die in the process.

I've referred to the robot as "it" so far, but people are already calling it "she", both due to the name (Valkyries were female figures in Norse mythology) as well as a busty chest, which desigers say "houses the linear actuators that allow the robot to rotate at the waist, while also providing some protection if the robot falls forward".

NASA JSC Unveils 'Valkyrie' DRC Robot [IEEE Spectrum]