Robonauts - The next generation of space explorers will look -- and act -- more like people than probes

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In 1989, using an insect-like robot named Genghis, Rodney Brooks pitched a bold vision for exploring space: Send up an army of small, cheap machines to rove around on a distant planet and beam back data.

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