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Yesterday’s Google Doodle

15 Nov
STS-116 Shuttle Mission Imagery S116-E-05765 (...

STS-116 Shuttle Mission Imagery S116-E-05765 (11 Dec. 2006) — The International Space Station’s Canadarm2 moves toward the station’s new P5 truss section for a hand-off from Space Shuttle Discovery’s Remote Manipulator System (RMS) robotic arm. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yesterday, November 14, was the anniversary of the first launch of the Canadarm 31 years ago.  Google‘s Doodle marked this anniversary — you can see it at The Ottawa Citizen.

It’s 15m (50 ft) long, cost $110 Million to build, and can grab satellites in space! The six-jointed arm and hand Canadian piece of technology can be remotely maneuvered to grab and move large objects with amazing precision.

It was first used on the space shuttle Columbia in November of 1981.

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