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Via: BBC
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The robots, known as Spheres (Synchronised Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental satellites), currently have limited capabilities.

It is hoped the smartphones, powered by Google's Project Tango, will equip the robots with more functionality.

The robots have been described by experts as "incredibly clever".

When Nasa's robots first arrived at the International Space Station in 2006, they were only capable of precise movements using small jets of CO2, which propelled the devices forwards at around an inch per second.

"We wanted to add communication, a camera, increase the processing capability, accelerometers and other sensors," Spheres project manager Chris Provencher told Reuters.
Via: io9
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Above we have Neil deGrasse Tyson's address at the 28th National Space Symposium. If you have a free hour in your day I highly recommend watching the whole thing, as deGrasse Tyson addresses everything from Newt Gingrich's proposed moon base to the way space travel is a pervasive force in our everyday culture.