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Google's Project Tango headed to International Space Station

The prototype smartphone will be used to help develop autonomous flying robots

  • A Google Project Tango cellphone is attached to a NASA Spheres robotic testbed at Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, on March 17,

  • A Spheres robotic testbed at NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, on March 17, 2014.

  • Battery packs for the Spheres robotic testbed at NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, on March 17, 2014.

  • A Spheres robotic testbed at NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, on March 17, 2014.

  • NASA Administrator Charles Bolden visits the Spheres robotic testbed lab at NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, on March 17, 2014.

  • The mission patch of the Spheres robotic testbed program.

  • Three Spheres free-flying satellites inside the International Space Station are shown in this undated NASA handout.

  • Astronaut Luca Parmitano sets up two Spheres for a test run on the International Space Station in this undated NASA handout.

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