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You can now own this old robot that helped NASA test space suits

Engadget Engadget 6/09/2016 Brittany Vincent
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Believe it or not, NASA used to utilize a decidedly creepy robot to test space suits meant for real-life astronauts.

Now it can be yours if you so desire, as it's currently up for sale as part of RR Auctions' Remarkable Rarities Auction. The Power-Driven Articulated Dummy was designed specifically for NASA by the IIT Research Institute between 1963 and 1965 for the express purpose of testing space suits.

Given the many hazards that utilizing a robot could avoid, NASA went with this robot to measure things like how much pressure was being applied by their space suits, what kind of internal pressure was being kept stable, and various other pieces of data integral to keeping astronauts safe in space.

The robot could be adjusted between 5'5" and 6'2" to represent the typical American male, with nylon tubes acting as its circulatory system with oil flowing through it. There were only two of the robots ever made, and the aforementioned circulatory system kept leaking while hydraulic pressure was applied. One robot is housed permanently at the Smithsonian, but the other, slightly damaged one could go for over $80,000 to the right bidder during the upcoming auction.

If you're interested in dropping the cash on the robot, online bidding begins on September 15th and the live auction is happening on September 26th.

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