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Home Astrobee flight units and docking unit in granite table lab at the Atomated Science Research Facility N-269 NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field in Silicon Valley California. (NASA) Astrobee flight units and docking unit in granite table lab at the Atomated Science Research Facility N-269 NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field in Silicon Valley California. (NASA)

Astrobee flight units and docking unit in granite table lab at the Atomated Science Research Facility N-269 NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field in Silicon Valley California. (NASA)

Astrobee flight units and docking unit in granite table lab at the Atomated Science Research Facility N-269 NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field in Silicon Valley California. (NASA)

Astrobee flight units and docking unit in granite table lab at the Atomated Science Research Facility N-269 NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field in Silicon Valley California. (NASA)

Astrobee robots are equipped with payload bays to support the installation and testing of new hardware. Jose Cortez, aerospace engineer at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, checks the fit of a robot arm that locks into the top bay. The arm can be used to “perch” on one of many handrails in the International Space Station in order to conserve power while performing other operations, such as capturing video. (NASA’s Ames Research Center/Dominic Hart)